St. Paul C.M.E.

St. Paul CME Church, Hancock County, Georgia
St. Paul CME Church, Hancock County, Georgia

This rural wood frame church in Georgia was organized in 1857 and has an interesting history.  A wealthy plantation owner had a relationship with one of his slaves and ultimately their daughter inherited all of his property (17,000 acres) after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in her favor over other decedents disputing his will.  At the time, she became the wealthiest African-American woman in the U.S.  The other slaves of the plantation owner had started this church before the Civil War and were deeded the property in 1870.  This building’s history dates from either the 1870s or 1880s – a definite year isn’t recorded.

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