Category Archives: Meridian GA

Meridian First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church Meridian GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georia USA 2014

Though the present structure dates to 1990, it appears to have retained the steeple of an earlier incarnation. The congregation dates to 1904.

 

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Sapelo Island Ferry Katie Underwood

Boarding the ferry Katie Underwood  at Meridian

Passengers enjoying the sights of Doboy Sound on the Katie Underwood

Disembarking at Sapelo Island

Sapelo fading into the distance on the return trip to Meridian.

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American Foursquare House, Meridian

 

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Union Brothers & Sisters Mission Hall, Circa 1900, Meridian

The Hudson community is largely forgotten today, but in the 1870s and 1880s some of the first commercial shrimpers in McIntosh County, mostly local freedmen, made it a thriving African-American enclave. This venerable structure is among its last tangible landmarks.

A mission of the Union Brothers & Sisters was established here in 1887.  The present structure, thought to date to circa 1900, was built to replace the original, which was lost to fire. It also served as a schoolhouse for a time. The last owners were the Hudson Home Society, a fraternal group who assisted local African-Americans with burial insurance.

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Abandoned House, Meridian

 

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Vernacular Cottage, Meridian

 

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Sam’s Corner Store, Meridian

 

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