Mountain View, Parish House move forward on Newtown revival plans

Frances Davis, 82, remembers when Newtown was more than a name for an area within Greenville’s Southernside. It was a “community.”

The historically Black neighborhood was filled with families, neighbors who looked out for each other, stores, businesses and services.

“Houses were everywhere,” said Davis, who grew up on West Washington Street.

She enjoyed the community then and wants to enjoy it again.

Mountain View Baptist Church in Newtown, where Davis has been a member since the age of 12, is taking steps to fulfill that desire.

Mountain View and its subsidiary, Parish House Community Development Corporation, are building a master plan to help guide its work in developing Newtown in a way that’s not been done before, the Rev. Stacey Mills, senior pastor at Mountain View, said.

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