Tag Archives: CME Church

Thompson Chapel CME Church, South Carolina

Estill, Hampton County

Bold Springs CME Church and School, Georgia

Jackson, Butts County

Bold Springs CME Church was founded on February 20, 1874, when the trustees of the church, Willie Moreland, Clark Bell, and Sam Stillwell, purchased the land from Charles Sims, a local farmer.

Initially, the church served as both a school and a place of worship. The congregation is uncertain of when the two-room school was built. They messaged my page on Facebook asking for help. They were initially going to tear it down, but they now would like to try to save it. They need help since they are a small, aging congregation.

Based on newspaper articles, I know the church was built before 1930 and used until 1958 when school consolidation happened. Based on similar buildings I’ve seen around the state, I am dating it in the late 1910s. For any architectural experts who can determine more with the photos below, please let me know.

According to the trustee I met, the original white clapboard church is under the church. This structure was built around 1902 after a fire burned down the church.

Brown Chapel CME Church, Georgia

Perry, Macon County

Located on the outskirts of Perry, the Brown Chapel CME is likely a church founded over 100 years ago based on the headstones in the cemetery. Many of the headstones had been covered in a latex paint, which will likely cause more damage to the ledgers and headstones.

Tate CME or AME Church, Georgia

Tate, Pickens County

I stumbled across an article about Black history in Pickens County. One part of the series covered the churches in Pickens County.

On top of this hill in Tate, Georgia is the Tate CME or AME Church (from the article no one is certain which it was). Located in Smokey Hollow, called that because the smoke would settle over the hollow (or holler) in the winter, this church was built in 1887 at the same time as the Tate Methodist Church with the help of Stephen Tate.

It was in use until the 1950s when it stayed vacant until the 70s when Miracle Friendship Holiness Church reopened it. As of 2015, when the article was written, there were only five members left, and was already in disrepair.

The road up the hill was covered in vines and weeds. I was unwilling to try to drive up the road. I hope to revisit in the winter and see if it seems more driveable.

Midway CME Church, Georgia

Thomasville, Thomas County

On the outskirts of Thomasville, Georgia, there is a historic church that served the Black community for years. It and the cemetery have fallen in disrepair over the years. There is a movement to clean-up and restore the cemetery which contains many formerly enslaved people. More information can be found on Facebook on how to help save the cemetery.