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No, Beyonce didn’t buy this church in New Orleans

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But it does have ties to the Knowles family

On Sunday morning, entertainment news website TMZ reported—without a source—that Beyonce Knowles-Carter bought a 100-year-old church at 2930 Camp Street in New Orleans’s Garden District. But based on the records, that purchase is, at best, indirectly linked to Beyonce.

On Sunday night, verified that the Noble Jones Trust bought the Camp Street church. Knowles family friend Vernell Jackson Keys signed the paperwork on behalf of the Trust. even found this Instagram post that further solidifies Keys’ ties with the Knowles family.

The church, formerly the home of Seventh & Camp Church of Christ, has been marked as sold since May 9, 2018. Redfin listed the last sell price of the church at $850,000.

According to the New Orleans Advocate’s list of property transfers for the week of May 7, 2018, First Christian Church In New Orleans and Seventh & Camp Church of Christ sold 2930 Camp Street to Noble Jones Trust for $100.

2930 Camp Street
Via Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office

Curbed NOLA reported on the Noble Jones Trust in 2014, when we were tipped about Solange moving to 927 St. Ann Street in the French Quarter. In the recent purchase of the Camp Street church, the Noble Jones Trust used 927 St. Ann Street as its official mailing address, according to the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office.

Based on the records, the purchase of the church has a stronger link to Solange than Beyonce.

In May of 2015, Beyonce’s management company bought a 10,000-square-foot home in the Garden District that sits 5 blocks from the new Camp Street purchase. Coincidentally, the Garden District home was formerly a church.

The 7,500-square-foot church on Camp Street has a stone facade, hardwood floors, and ceiling heights between 15 feet and 18 feet. Because of its HU-RD1 zoning, it can be used as a single- or multi-family home. According to the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, in this zone type “Limited non-residential uses such as places of worship, historic neighborhood commercial establishments, and recreational facilities that are compatible with surrounding residential neighborhoods may be allowed.”