— Museum Of African American History —The Old Midway Congregational Church, twomiles east on U.S. Highway 17, was formed by whites (Puritans & Congregationalists )when they settled in Liberty County. They were driven to church by their black slaveswho were allowed to sit in the church balconyduring worship. Eventually, these slaves became members and certain slaves, such asWilliam A. Golden (Golding) became Selectmen.When slavery ended, white members abandonedthe Old Midway Church Building. The Church's governing body leased the building to the morethan 500 newly freed slaves. This lasted two orthree years until two influential formerslaveholders said they would rather see theOld Midway Church burned to the groundrather than to have the former slaves use it.Thus, between 1867-1868, William A. Goldingoffered land, on which he and the membersfashioned a "Brush Arbor" church by placingposts in the ground with poles on the sides and brushes on top. This place became knownas "Golding's Grove ".
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|Placed By||City of Flemington|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 8:49pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 456016 N 3518540|
|Decimal Degrees||31.80161667, -81.46465000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 48.097', W 81° 27.879'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 48' 5.82" N, 81° 27' 52.74" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8600-9098 Hwy 84, Midway GA 31320, US|
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