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Julia Tutwiler Library Digital Collections

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This collection is the product of a survey carried out by former UWA history professor Dr. James P. Pate from 1980-81 made possible by an Alabama Historical Commission grant to the Sumter County Preservation Society (now the Sumter County Historical Society).  A total of 91 Sumter County African-American churches were surveyed and photographed. All of the churches are of the Protestant denomination, and the majority of them, 72, are Baptist. The oldest church in the survey, Clark Chapel United Methodist Church in Gainesville, was built in 1867. There are two other 19th Century churches in the group: Shady Grove Baptist Church in Livingston built in 1890 and Salem AME Zion church in Panola built in 1895.  Building continued with new churches every decade until 1979, the date of the latest church in the survey, New Jones Baptist Church in Emelle. Membership in the combined 91 churches at the time was 7,705.

 

 
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