Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1928, & Good Shepherd School, 1910, Pennick

Historic Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Pennick GA Brunswick Saint Deaconess Alexander Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and the adjacent Good Shepherd Parochial School are essentially all that remain of the historic Pennick community, a settlement of the descendants of freed slaves. Like Needwood Church and School, also located in Glynn County, they represent a rare church/school complex in relatively original condition. I’m hopeful they’ll both be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the near future.

Historic Good Shepherd Parochial School Pennick GA Brunswick Glynn County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

The school was founded by Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander (1865-1947), who took very seriously the education of her community and became the first black deaconess in the Episcopal Church in 1907. In 1999, she was named a Saint of Georgia, with a feast day of 24 September.

Historic Good Shepherd School Home of Georgia Saint Deaconess Anna E B Alexander Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Deaconess Alexander’s life was forever interwoven with her faith. She lived in this apartment (above right) and is buried in front of the school house. Follow this link to see a video tribute to the deaconess by people who knew her personally. It’s quite interesting.

http://goodshepherdbrunswick.georgiaepiscopal.org/?page_id=8

 

 

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3 responses to “Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1928, & Good Shepherd School, 1910, Pennick

  1. David Smith

    Brian, Will you be at the Georgia Trust fall ramble? Hope so.

    David A. Smith Sent from my iPad

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  2. john

    I photographed these buildings, never knowing their story…..thanks for giving new meaning to these locations.

  3. Anita W. Hoffman

    Hello. I just sent a comment about Walthourville church then I found the photograph you took of the church. It is a beautiful photo.
    In 2007 I was shown an old plantation house near the church that was falling in. I am not sure who could tell you if it is still there but you would enjoy photographing it if it has not disappeared.
    Thanks.

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