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Tiffany Scott, Barksdale Haggins, The Belle and James Johnson

Richmond, VA – Cedar Street Baptist Church and the Richmond Community came together Sunday evening to pay special honor to a man who is highly respected and known throughout the Gospel Community.  He is none other than Mr. Barksdale “Barky” Haggins, owner of Barky’s Spiritual Store in downtown Richmond.

For many, Mr. Barky is a living legend and has been in Richmond since they were born. 

Now in his mid seventies, Mr. Barky is largely responsible for keeping the Gospel Community on the map in the Richmond Community and has become the necessary stop for Gospel Artists coming through the area.

Visionary and Cedar Street Music Minister James Johnson said, “He has done so much for our church, for me and for our community, I just wanted to let him know how much he is appreciated.”

From left to right: Minister James Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Barky, Dr. Anthony M. Chandler, Sr. Cedar Street Baptist Church, Pastor, First Lady Teleshia Chandler, Elder Raymond Lindsey and Sheilah Belle a.k.a. The Belle

Many of the special guests for the evening were members from Old School Gospel who delivered traditional Gospel tunes and Christmas Carols with traditional beats including Sir Larry Bland, Lady Taleshia Chandler, Mr. Bubba Johnson, Evangelist Arlente Copeland, Ms. Lisa Winn, Dr. Delores Whitaker & Ms. Joy Whitaker, Dr. Johnnie Branch, Ms. Rosalind Christian and Reverend Almeta Ingram.

Sheilah Belle aka The Belle, delivered a special oratorical presentation to Mr. Barky, followed by James Johnson who presented him with a special plaque presentation.

Elder Raymond Lindsey was the emcee for the evening and did a great job!