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Carneghan Emanuel Baptist Church, McIntosh County

This church was constructed between 1979-1983. Set in a beautiful grove of moss-draped oaks, its of a style typical among African-American congregations in Coastal Georgia. [“Carneghan” is likely the original spelling of the community, but it has been changed to “Carnigan” on modern maps.]

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St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 1876, Darien

Arguably Darien’s most beautiful church, St. Cyrpian’s can trace its origins to the years of devastation following the Civil War. Reverend Dr. James Wentworth Leigh arrived in the area from Great Britain in 1873 and initiated a project to provide a church for the freedmen of Darien. Donations came from Europe, Philadelphia, and elsewhere to assist the fledgling congregation in their quest to build a suitable home. They named their church St. Cyprian’s for the martyred African Bishop. Using the construction techniques they knew best, the men of St. Cyprian’s built the church using tabby and brick. It is one of the most significant tabby structures still in use.

Darien Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Church of God, 1965, Youngs Island

This remote community was first settled in the 1880s by James H. Young and Samuel B. Rowe, son of Fred and Margaret Young Rowe. Because it was located on high ground in a low-lying swamp, it came to be known as Youngs Island. Farming and rice cultivation were the primary economic focus of the area until the Warsaw Lumber Company sawmill provided employment in the 1920s. The church was likely established around 1920, as that is the date of the earliest marked burial in the cemetery.

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First African Baptist Church, 1974, Harris Neck

First African Baptist Church of Harris Neck was organized by Reverend Andrew Neal in 1867.

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Sallie M. Davis Chapel, 1910, Townsend

This is now a private residence.

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Darien Sanctified Church, Circa 1960

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Second Credit Hill Baptist Church, McIntosh County

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First Credit Hill Baptist Church, McIntosh County

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St. John Baptist Church, 1920, Darien

This congregation was organized on 22 June 1905 by Reverend J. Rogers and the church building, still in use today, was  dedicated in July 1920.

West Darien Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Grace Baptist Church, Circa 1915, Darien

Now known as Emmanuel House of Prayer, this Gothic Revival church is a landmark of the African-American community in Darien. It was home for many years to Grace Baptist Church.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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