Dulaney A.M.E.

Dulaney A.M.E. Church, Wilcox County, Alabama
Dulaney A.M.E. Church, Wilcox County, Alabama

This country church is in rural Wilcox County, Alabama.  It was built in 1914 and the closest town is probably Camden, Alabama.    There’s a small cemetery surrounding the left side and rear of the church with a few dozen markers.  The church is included on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage.

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St. Peters A.M.E.

St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walterboro, South Carolina
St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walterboro, South Carolina

St. Peter’s A.M.E. was established in 1867 for freed slaves and is located in Colleton County, South Carolina.  The Gothic Revival church was built around 1870 (remodeled 1952) and is part of the Walterboro Historic District’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

First Congregational

Marion First Congregational Church, Marion, Alabama
Marion First Congregational Church, Marion, Alabama

In July 1867, the Lincoln School of Marion was established by freed slaves and a small building was used for teaching.  Soon, the school building was also used by the visiting Congregational minister on Sundays until a formal church could be built.  First Congregational Church of Marion was built in 1871  by the freedmen and serves the African-American community in the town.  It’s a frame structure with a brick foundation wall and a bell tower.  This Perry County church is now included on the National Register of Historic Places.  The school eventually closed in the 1970s and most of the related buildings were demolished.

Prairie Mission Church

Prairie Mission Church, Wilcox County, Alabama
Prairie Mission Church, Wilcox County, Alabama

Originally I stopped by this location in Wilcox County, Alabama to photograph an old schoolhouse.  But right across the dirt road was this little church as a bonus.  Prairie Mission was an African American school in rural Alabama.  The United Presbyterian Church founded the mission in 1894 and classes for a few hundred children in grades 1-9 were held at the school until the 1950s.  In addition to regular academic subjects, the girls were taught to sew and cook, and boys trained in the upkeep of buildings and gardening.  Since affiliated with a church, the school also emphasized Christian ideals, thrift, and hard work.  A local man was checking on his mother’s house while I was there and told me it was last used for teaching in the 1960s when segregation fully ended in the state.  The church was rebuilt in 1937 on its original site, and today, the mission is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Prairie Mission School, Wilcox County, Alabama
Prairie Mission School, Wilcox County, Alabama

Twin Beech A.M.E.

Twin Beech AME Church, Baldwin County, Alabama
Twin Beech AME Church, Baldwin County, Alabama

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, Twin Beech (also called Twin Beach), AME Zion Church is located in Fairhope, Alabama.  The cinder block church shown here was built in 1925, replacing an earlier frame structure, but the congregation celebrated 150 years of history in 2017.

Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Barnwell, South Carolina
Bethlehem Baptist Church, Barnwell, South Carolina

Bethlehem Baptist was founded in the early 1800s as Barnwell Baptist Church.   When the town’s Baptists expanded and moved to another location in 1854, the black members (both free and slaves) were given the church building.  In 1868, it was rechartered as Bethlehem Baptist Church.  In 1898 that building was demolished and the current church was built soon after.  The church is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.