Founded in 1867, it is the oldest Black church in Dublin, Georgia. This church building was built in 1917. Many of the stained glass windows feature founding members of the church.
It is also known as the location where Martin Luther King Jr. made his first public speech on April 17, 1944. As a fourteen-year-old teenager attending Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, he attended The Colored Elks of Georgia oratory competition. He read an essay titled, “The Negro and the Constitution.”
The church was put on the National Register of Historic Places database in 2019.
Built in 1913, the Gothic Revival Jones Gap Baptist Church sits atop a hill in Henderson County, North Carolina. The church traces its history to Mount Crystal Baptist Church, a church built on Jump Off Mountain in 1892.
The church was the site of arson in 1971. James Robert Arrowood, a volunteer fire fighter, set fire to several schools and churches in the area and then fought the blazes. It is believed there were copycat arsonists at work, too. It was never determined if the damage was caused by Arrowood or one of the copycats.
The congregation is still active. They built a modern structure down the hill, which they’ve used since 1998.
Reference: Terry Ruscin’s article in Blue Ridge Now, “Jones Gap Church originally stood on Jump Off Mountain”