I was very excited to find this church, which is presently known as Solid Rock Baptist Church. I’m sure it’s of antebellum construction, since it features a slave gallery; Deborah Scott Smith notes that when she moved to Meldrim in 1959 it was known as Meldrim Christian Church.
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This plaque was placed in memory of the victims of the 28 June 1958 Seaboard Air Line railroad disaster on the Ogeechee River trestle near Meldrim. A fuel car derailed into the river and the ensuing explosion took the lives of many who had gathered on a nearby sandbar. Those who perished were: Jimmy Anderson, Elizabeth Dixon Barnes, Ted Barnes, Julian Beasley, Linda Jean Beasley, Reba Lamb Beasley, Michael Bland, Charles Carpenter, Billy Dent, Joan Dent, Edna Dixon, Frank Dixon, Barbara Hales, Claudia Johnson, L. B. Lamb, Terry Lane, Elbie Lane, Florence Lane, Leslie Lee, James Smith, Margie Hales Smith, Timothy Smith, Wayne Smith.
Thanks to John Degnan for pointing out the correct railroad name.