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Liberty Baptist Church, 1858, Grooverville

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August, Liberty Baptist is one of the few surviving examples of an antebellum church structure in South Georgia. Though nearby Grooverville Methodist is thought to be antebellum, as well, it’s privately owned and not listed, to my knowledge. The following images show the sanctuary and slave gallery.

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Antebellum Architecture Pews Slave Gallery Interior Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Antebellum Architecture Windows Shutters Pews Pulpit Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Antebellum Architecture Pulpit Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The “balcony” seen in the images above is the slave gallery. I’ve photographed several churches with slave galleries, mostly near the coast, and they are generally larger there.

Grooverville GA Brooks County Liberty Baptist Church Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Antebellum Architecture Pews Slave Gallery Stairwell Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

And finally, this historic marker placed by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1956: Between 1837-1841 the Baptists in this section were stirred on Missions, Sunday Schools and ministerial support. In 1841 the Ocklochnee anti-Missionary Baptist Assn. passed a ruling to dismiss members believing in the “new fangled institutions of the day.” Disagreeing, Sister Nancy Hagen asked for her letter from Mt. Moriah Church and, at her request, was excommunicated. With Elisha Pack Smith, R. T. Stanaland, James I. Baker, Mrs. Sarah Ann Groover, Mrs. Mary Smith, Mrs. Amanda Denmark and Sam Whitfield, she organized this church. The first pastor was Elder R. J. May. Mt. Moriah Church ceased to exist long ago.

Liberty Baptist Church Grooverville GA Brooks County Historic Marker Antebellum Architecture Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

National Register of Historic Places

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