Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alabama Churches

The Special Collection recently finished digitizing over a hundred photos of Baptist churches throughout the state of Alabama. While we're still getting them uploaded into our online system for everyone to see, we thought we'd show off a few of our favorites. 

These photos come from SCAV 960, a collection of photos of Baptist churches from the 1950s and 1960s that were gathered by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commision. Sadly, most of the photos are not dated and on some there is no location, so we've not always been able to percisely ID each of the churches in question. After all, churches sure do like the have the same names. 

Hanceville First Bapitst Church

Hanceville First Baptist Church in Hanceville Alabama is a member of the East Cullman Association. We don't have a date on this photo, but we're thinking it is from the 1950s. 

 First Baptist Church in Steppville, Alabama
We don't know much about this church, but we love the photo. No association has been able to be verified for the church. So, if anyone recognizes this door, we'd love to know. 

Philadelphia Baptist Church, Phenix City, Alabama
This is Philadelphia Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. Philadelphia Baptist Church is a member of the Russell Baptist Association. 

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama
Here's Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. After some digging, we've traced the church to the Morgan Baptist Association, but we're not certain about that. Sadly, this great old photograph is creased in the center, causing considerable damage. 

 Union Grove in Morgan County
One of our more mysterious churches, Union Grove is identified on the photograph as a member of the Gillam Springs Association, but the Gillam Springs Association no longer exists. We haven't been able to find the church in another association and Union Grove is a very common church name. If anyone recognizes this church, please contact the Special Collection at We'd love to track it down. 

And that's it! Just a few of our newly digitized church photos. We're always adding more, so check out our Alabama Religious Life digital collections online.

Thanks, once again, to Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection and University Archives for blog text and photographs.

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