Bethel Baptist

Bethel Baptist Church, McKinley, Alabama (Marengo County)
Bethel Baptist Church, McKinley, Alabama (Marengo County)

Bethel Baptist Church is in a rural setting in Marengo County, Alabama.  The church was founded in 1821, though I’m not sure that this church dates that far back.  The community of McKinley was settled in 1821, grew rapidly in the 1850s and was the center of about thirty plantations.  A fire destroyed much of the town in 1860 and the area never recovered after the Civil War and the decline of the agricultural industry.

mckinleyhouse
Abandoned house, McKinley, Alabama
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