Tag Archives: Camden County

Kinlaw Rosenwald School, Georgia

Kinlaw, Camden County

In celebration of its 100th year, descendants of students who attended Kinlaw Rosenwald School are restoring this 3-teacher type school. Once the restoration is complete, this school will serve the Kinlaw community for years to come.

When I visited with my friend, Brian, we were lucky enough to meet one of the men helping go restore the building, Marshall Glover. You can read more about the school and donate money by visiting the school’s site.

Rising Daughter Baptist Church, Georgia

Camden County, Georgia

Located in Camden County, Georgia, Rising Daughter Baptist Church, the cemetery is filled with a mixture of vernacular and commercial headstones. I am uncertain of the age of the church and cemetery, but based on headstones I would the age the congregation to be from the 1910s.

This is one of the Madonna markers, my friend Brian and I located in three different cemeteries. A full post about these markers are located here.

These markers show a repeated motif of the loops. If these marks are called something else, please let me know.

Harold and Thelma Swain were murdered inside the church. Their case remains unsolved after DNA evidence exonerated the man who initially went to jail. There is a new suspect in the case. For more information, their story can be read here.

Madonna Figure, Georgia

Camden County, Georgia
Flossy Scott Fisher and child, Rising Daughter Baptist Church. I was able to find the death records for Flossy Scott Fisher. She died in childbirth which explains the Madonna figure and the headstone next to her.

My friend, Brian Brown, and I planned a photo trip while I was down at St. Simons for the week. As I was looking through Find-a-Grave, I noticed these vernacular figures repeated in a couple cemeteries. We decided to take a look. After seeing a couple, we realized they were likely a Mary/Madonna figure. The elements have worn off many of the details.

Since these were all in cemeteries of Black churches, it is possible that a local funeral home did them, or that it was a local artist. This is the first time I’ve personally seen a connection in monuments like these in several cemeteries. Even though likely cast, I do consider these vernacular in nature.

Grace Scarlott, Rising Daughter Baptist Church
Macchca Mowat Alderman, Clinch Chapel Methodist Church
Side view of Macchca Mowat Alderman, Clinch Chapel Methodist Church
Sina Green, Oak Hill Methodist Church
Backside of Sina Green, Oak Hill Methodist Church
Unknown, Oak Hill Methodist Church

Plum Orchard, Georgia

Cumberland Island, Camden County, Georgia

Built in 1898, this Georgian Revival home was built for George and Margaret Carnegie by George’s mother, Lucy. This grand home, at 22,000 square feet, features an indoor pool, a squash court, and many other features considered cutting edge at the time it was built.

In 1971, the home was donated to the National Park Foundation by the Carnegie family.

High Point Cemetery, Georgia

Cumberland Island, Camden County, Georgia

High Point Cemetery is located on the north end of Cumberland Island. Despite it being started in 1825, it serves as a mixed race cemetery where important early families are buried.

Based on other photos, this cemetery is cleaned but on an inconsistent basis.

First African Baptist Church, Georgia

Cumberland Island, Camden County, Georgia

It’s most known for being the wedding location of John F. Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette. This one-room church was established in 1893 in the area known as The Settlement, where many men and women born into slavery made their home after the Civil War.

This building was rebuilt in the 1930s and sits on the island’s north end.

Alberty House, Georgia

Cumberland Island, Camden County

Located on the north end of Cumberland Island is an area where freedmen and women lived after the Civil War. This area, known as The Settlement, contains a few extant buildings.

The Roger Alberty House, built-in 1900, sits next to the First African Baptist Church. The Alberty family was one of the original families who made this area into a community.

Backside of house