Two Early Augusta Churches

Two Early Augusta Churches (HM6KH)

Location: Augusta, GA 30901 Richmond County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 28.37', W 81° 57.95'

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St. John Methodist Church was founded in 1798 by Stith Mead, a young Virginia minister who denounced the worldliness of fun-loving Augusta. Biship Francis Asbury visited the church and watched its growth with particular interest. Augustus B. Lonstreet and five Methodist Bishops, including James O. Andrew, George F. Pierce, and Warren R. Candler, were pastors of St. John. Lorenzo Dow the colorful and eccentric evangelist, also figured in the early history of the church. In 1844, the original church building contructed in 1801, began a new phase in its ecclesiastical history when it was sold to another early congregation, the Springfield Baptist Church. The structure was moved to the S.E. corner of Reynolds and Marbury - where fo approxiamately 50 years before, members of what is uaually considered the first Negro Baptist Church in America at Silver Bluff, South Carolina had worshiped after they fled with their masters to Augusta when the British occupied Silver Bluff in 1778. These Silver Bluff - refugee- charter members of the circa 1790 Springfield Baptist congregation, account for its claim that it is one of the oldest, if not the oldest active Negro Baptist congregation in the United States
HM NumberHM6KH
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number121-45
Year Placed1964
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 410258 N 3704124
Decimal Degrees33.47283333, -81.96583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.37', W 81° 57.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 22.20" N, 81° 57' 57.00" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 736 Greene St, Augusta GA 30901, US
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