Kathy Powell notes that this Jesup icon was originally located on Cherry Street, which becomes U. S. Highway 341 and eventually ends up in Brunswick. She said when you crossed under this arch, you were in Jesup. It was removed due to traffic safety issues and later placed in front of what is now Jesup City Hall. This restoration of the old town arch is now located beside Jesup’s newly restored depot. It’s a really nice symbol for the city, so well loved that the town holds an annual festival in its honor
Thanks to Mary Lou Drury of the Wayne County Historical Society for the identification. Mary has been patiently trying to get me to speak to the society for some time and I hope to be able to one day. Maybe I can slow down from taking photographs all over Georgia long enough to do so! Thanks also to Larry Westberry and Kathy Powell for noting that it has also served as a United Pentecostal and other churches throughout its history.
The church was organized in 1939 and constructed in 1941. Pastors at the time were A. M. McCool and O. C. Nichols. The building committee were: A. E. Knight, Chariman; J. O. Mattox; C. N. Mills; L. W. Scott; Bernard Swindell; C. A. Ashley & Mrs. C. L. Doster. G. M. Harrington was the architect and L. F. Bennette was the builder.