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Hattiesburg church hosts Bethlehem exhibit

A large exhibit representing the Town of Bethlehem is on display at Hattiesburg's First Presbyterian Church. A large exhibit representing the Town of Bethlehem is on display at Hattiesburg's First Presbyterian Church.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

One Hattiesburg church is hosting an exhibit which shows what Jesus' birthplace may have looked like more than 2,000 years ago. A Fontanini Heirloom nativity display at First Presbyterian Church is a representation of the Town of Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth.

The 70-square-foot exhibit is housed in the church's library and is on loan from a Hub City woman who has been collecting individual pieces for 20 years.

Church members spent three months putting it together.

"There are little vignettes in here, all kinds of little scenes," said Robin Blair, owner of the exhibit. "There's the produce market, there's the fish market, there's the town well and the ladies that come to gather water in the cool of the day, all kinds of little scenes like that," Blair said.

"We've had pre-school children come in, we've had people from assisted living come in, we've had friends and family from out of town come in...it's been real fun to have a number of different people from outside of our church to see little Bethlehem," said Knox Baird, minister of missions and outreach at First Presbyterian Church. 

The display will be open to the public during regular church office hours until the end of the year.

If you'd like a personal tour, call the church at 601-268-0303 to make arrangements.

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