Baptists and the American Civil War: December 8, 1865

Georgia MapThe formation of autonomous black Baptist churches in the South continues unabated.

Today in the deep South town of Albany, Georgia the Mount Zion Baptist church is established in a blacksmith shop on the corner of State and Jackson streets. The Rev. R. R. Watson is the church’s founding pastor. Within six months a second black Baptist congregation, the Jackson Grove Baptist Church, is established by a minister from Atlanta, the Rev. David Hines, and a contingent of members from the Mount Zion church. R. R. Watson, meanwhile, serves as pastor of Mount Zion until his death. The church remains a vibrant congregation in the 21st century.

Sources:”Complete History of Mount Zion Baptist Church,” Church website (link);