Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for February 9,2012-Black History Fact Historic Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta,Georgia (Vol.2, Iss.2)
As a student of the back story, I decided to do some research on my hometown of Augusta, Georgia to see if I could find some interesting musings during this month of Black History. Right here in the Garden City, is historic Springfield Baptist Church known as one of the oldest African-American congregations.
Springfield Baptist Church
Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta traces its roots to the year 1773, bolstering its claim to be the oldest African American congregation in the United States. Served by African-American pastors during the antebellum years, Springfield had the largest membership of any church in the Georgia Baptist Association. Some of its members emigrated to Liberia, and the church maintained a missionary connection with that country. Springfield offered Sunday school instruction in 1859, even though such classes were banned by the prevailing slave codes. In 1866 the church hosted the first meeting of the postwar Georgia Equal Rights Association, which became the Georgia Republican Party a year later. The Augusta Baptist Institute was founded at the church; twelve years later it moved to Atlanta and grew into Morehouse College.
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