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Crossnore School’s E.H. Sloop Chapel Complete At Last with Addition of Crowning Cross in August

Sept. 4, 2012. Fifty-six years after it was built, Crossnore School’s E.H. Sloop Chapel is, at last, “complete,” with the addition of a crowning cross installed in August.

The copper cross was created by Robert S. Martin, son of a past Crossnore School executive director, Robert L. Martin. Its purchase and installation was funded by supporters Michael and Betty Cox. 

“Many thanks to Michael and Betty Cox, Michael Gragg of Gragg Construction Inc. for installation and Jerry Turbyfill, vice-president of Western North Carolina Historical Society, for their help in completing the chapel, which is a central part of the life of our campus,” said Associate Executive Director Rachel Hoilman.

E. H. Sloop Chapel was built in 1956 from the proceeds of the book Miracle in the Hills written by Mary Martin Sloop, founder of The Crossnore School. It is a focal point of campus life and houses the fresco, Suffer the Little Children, by Benjamin F. Long, IV, which was installed in 2006 and is a popular tourist attraction.