Built in 1904, this building is the third home for a congregation that dates back to 1873. It is famous for its choir and for the ornate baptismal font that is a memorial to pioneer black physician Dr. D. W. Roberts. The granddaughter of Charlayne Hunter Gault, the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia, was a pastor here. In 1964, it was the site of civil rights rallies held by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Baseball Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson.
The oldest surviving church building in Lincolnville, this church dates back to the Flagler era and was founded by African Americans. This wooden Gothic structure was restored in the 1990s and is one of the architectural ornaments of the city.
Churches of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil rights rallies were held at many black churches and pray-ins were held at many white churches. These sites included many churches such as Trinity United Methodist Church at 84 Bridge Street, St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church at 69 Washington Street, First Baptist Church at 81 St. Francis Street, Zion Baptist Church at 94 Evergreen Avenue, and Bethel Baptist Church at 222 Riberia Street. These distinctly designed churches, with careful workmanship, represent the important role churches played in the culture of the African American community.