Category Archives: –EVANS COUNTY GA–
According to the historic marker, Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church was organized on 22 April 1877. I don’t know if the present structure is contemporary to that date. Elder A. R. Strickland was the first pastor and charter members were: Martin E. Rogers; Sara Jane Rogers; William H. Bazemore; Hester A. C. Bazemore; and James J. Martin.
I still find a surprising number of these old log structures; very few retain the original wraparound roof and when they do they have almost always suffered a loss of the tin, like this one. Again, I first thought this to be a smokehouse but agree with Jesse Bookhardt that it’s more likely a corn crib.
This historic African-American congregation located a few miles east of Claxton was founded in 1868 by Reverend K. Williams. The first deacons were: Sampson Brewton; Jonah Brewton; Robert Hendrix; Samuel Hendrix (Treasurer); P. W. Bacon (Clerk); Berry Bacon, Reuben Jones, Jr.; John Byrd; York Collins; Sam Levant; and J. L. Lee. Under the guidance of Reverend W. F. Underwood the church was rebuilt in 1939 and renovated in 1985 by Reverend William Wright.
Folk Art & Decoration in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
This irregular concrete cross is painted white and marks nine gravestones of the Primous family. I first thought the elliptical rings beside the name to be eyes, but one viewer, Laurinda Norris, suggested they were more likely halos. I agree. I believe a Primous family member created this, as well as the memorial to veterans. Though less common today, such folk art headstones, as well as abundant decoration, were once found in many African-American cemeteries, a nod to the traditions of slave ancestors and the tribal customs of their native continent.
Silk flowers in a variety of colors decorate graves of the recently deceased; a whimsical cookie jar stands sentinel over an unknown grave.