The city of Rocky Mount will play host to the unveiling of a Bishop FC Barnes marker at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Red Budd Holy Church at 637 Cleveland St.
Barnes founded and established Red Budd Holy Church in 1959, then located in Castalia. A pastor there for more than 52 years, Barnes was dubbed an awesome preacher and teacher, as well as a renowned gospel singer. He is best known for the song, “Rough Side of the Mountain,” which was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for more than a year. He died on July 11, 2011.
His niece, Wanda Barnes, also known for her singing, said it is fitting that her uncle be honored by the city.
“I’m grateful to the city of Rocky Mount, the Rocky Mount City Council and especially to Councilman Andre Knight who encouraged me to forge ahead and see this through,” she said. “My uncle put Rocky Mount on the map with his music ... He worked hard and he worked smart, and God placed him where he needed him to be.”
The marker unveiling will include remarks from Wanda Barnes, City Council members Andre Knight and Lois Watkins, a welcome from Mayor David Combs and a prayer from Councilman Reuben Blackwell.