Sloop Chapel and Fresco

Sloop Chapel & Fresco

Home of the Ben Long Fresco – Suffer the Little Children

The mission of Crossnore School & Children’s Home is to grow healthy futures for children and families by providing a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing. This mission is captured in the powerful masterpiece of Ben Long’s rendering of Mark 10:14, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the kingdom of God.”

~ Mark 10:14
Located in the E.H. Sloop Chapel with viewings daily:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
To book the chapel for weddings or events, please contact:

The Art of Fresco

The ancient art of fresco is the masterful combination of the artist’s hand, lime, sand, water, and pigment to form luminous, permanent images. One of only four master fresco artists in the word, Benjamin F. Long, IV was born in Texas in 1945 and grew up in Statesville, North Carolina.

Long studied at UNC-Chapel Hill and at the Art Student’s League in New York. He later traveled to italy where he served as apprentice to Maestro Pietro Annigoni. He has since achieved international fame as master of true fresco, drawing, and oil painting.

His excellence in fresco painting has resulted in worldwide commissions, including those in France, Italy, and several sites throughout North Carolina, many of which compose the Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail.


Racism is Trauma

Crossnore School & Children’s Home exists to be a sanctuary for children and their families and racism destroys sanctuary. Racism is trauma and is part of systemic community trauma that has long term negative impacts on people and communities of color. Crossnore believes that black lives matter, and we are committed to building an anti-racist organization and supporting the development of racial equity in our communities. 

To read more about Crossnore's stance on racial equity, the Board of Trustee's Anti-Racist Statement, and to find other resources, please click HERE

You have Successfully Subscribed!