Stephen Robinson Jr., senior
pastor at Zion Temple COGIC church, closes out the service with a time of worship Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. “Lesser persons would have crumbled and collapsed and would have withered away, but we come from a people that said ‘I won’t go out like that, I’ll go out on my own terms.’ They had a song that said before I’ll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave and go home to where I’m going to be free,” Pastor Robinson said. (Leah Sutton | @leahsuttonphotography)
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Melayne Ross dances during worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed one Sunday during the pandemic.