Evergreen Congregational Church and School are in Grady County located in southern Georgia. It was originally organized in 1903, demolished in 1925, and rebuilt in 1928 along with a one-classroom school (1911). The church is listed on the National Register due to the historic nature and importance in the rural African-American community in this region of the state. A former mayor of Atlanta (Andrew Young) was also pastor here for a few years. A thorough history of the church is listed on the National Park Service website at this link.
Located in Metcalfe, Georgia, Friendship Baptist was built around 1889. It was added when the town began prospering with railroad traffic. Within about 20 years, growth slowed and agriculture continued to be a primary driver for the town. The church is still active today.
The last of the Darien, Georgia churches is St. Cyprian’s Episcopal. It was another church founded by former slaves, this time in the coastal area of southern Georgia. It’s also fairly unique in that it was largely built of tabby (see Woodbine Episcopal) when completed in 1876. It’s affiliated with Darien’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal.
Although the last regular service at Springhill Methodist Church in Thomas County, Georgia was held in the 1970’s, it’s still in good shape after a restoration a few years ago. The old church was organized in 1823 and initially used a log building until this one was finished about a decade later. The cemetery on the grounds has about a hundred graves.
Located close to another Oliver, Georgia church included previously, Little Ogeechee Baptist Church was organized in 1790. The church sanctuary shown above is the second for the group and was built in 1912. General Sherman and his troops camped in this area during his march towards Savannah. The cemetery behind the church, which was used as a horse corral during that occupation, includes soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
Another Oliver church and cemetery is St. John Baptist Church. Organized in July 1871, this African-American church originally bought Little Ogeechee’s first church building for $125. They’re located on the north edge of the town.
Dedicated in 1916, Newington United Methodist Church is in Screven County, Georgia.
I’m still trying to add the last of the Georgia churches I’ve photographed so far for the project, so I’ll include several miscellaneous sites here.
New Ogeechee Missionary Baptist Church is a historic rural church on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. Listed now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1893 for the African-American population of the area. Although the congregation’s numbers are relatively small today, it’s still an active church. It’s located not far from another historic church included previously (St. Bartholomew Episcopal).
Located on the edge of Savannah’s downtown historic district, Greater St. James Temple, A.M.E. church has an interesting style.
Another Savannah church on the National Register, Nicholsonville Baptist dates from 1890. The original members of the church were former slaves from a plantation on St. Catherines Island in Liberty County. There’s a slightly older church on the property (below), but it is in a more deteriorated condition.
Asbury African Methodist Episcopal Church is in rural Screven County and another that I stopped quickly as I passed through the area. There’s a placard on the right side of the church that dates the congregation to 1910.
I was in Omaha, Georgia just before the state line with Alabama and visited a few churches in the small town. The Baptist and Methodist churches were included previously, but this one on 5th Avenue had no name.
Immanuel House of Prayer is in Darien, Georgia. Originally it was known as Grace Baptist Church and is from the early 20th century (circa 1915).