Mount Isaac Baptist Church, Circa 1910, Arp

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Before it was known as Arp, this community on the Irwin-Ben Hill County line was known as Isaac. The name was changed sometime between 1910 and 1915, and judging by the burial dates in the adjoining cemetery, I would estimate that this church dates to about 1910.

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Since there was already an Isaac Baptist Church, the small African-American community here named their church Mount Isaac, to distinguish it from the the white church. And though Arp is located in Irwin County, the church and cemetery are just over the county line in Ben Hill.

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Many thanks to Laura Wiggins Norris for bringing it to my attention, and to Dale Bledsoe for the history.

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7 responses to “Mount Isaac Baptist Church, Circa 1910, Arp

  1. I see you have pictures of my ancestors grave site, that’s so neat i was young when my great-grandmother Jenny Spears passed away.

  2. Mount Isaac reminds me of the Church that I grew up in…Mount Airy Baptist Church in Stewart County, GA ~ near Pataula Creek where I was baptistized.

  3. Tell Dale Bledsoe “Chris Burson” said, HI ! – We use to play together when I would visit my grandma for summer vacation – Lula McCurdy, she lived next door in Arp. These were the best times in my life . . .

  4. Ooooh – I hope that church can be preserved.

  5. Bernice (Thrower) Jones

    Another great piece of Georgia history Brian. Great job to you, Laura Wiggins and Dale Bledsoe.

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