Black Rock AME

TBD County
Org 1870
Photography by John Kirkland



— Original building may have came from Independence Methodist in Tignall. Check the info I provided on them (lost my copies in a computer crash).

— At one time there was a school there…mentioned in New Ford and Cherry Hill history.

— Gravestone, McLendon – may be related to ones at New Ford.

From Independence Methodist history

Virginia………..can you add anything to this?


In the beginning, the history tells us the church was built for all denominations, and perhaps the name Independence was chosen as a result. There is another school of thought that the Independence name stemmed from our recent victory in the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Either way, some sort of dispute arose in the 1830’s and, as a result, the Methodists claimed the church. This claim was disputed and taken to court, where the Methodists were represented by noted Wilkes County lawyer, Robert Toombs. The Methodists prevailed and the church has been Methodist ever since.

In 1840, Thomas L. Wootten deeded the lot on which the old church building stood to the trustees. After the Civil War, this church building was “sold to the black people who moved it to land given to them in Tignall”, by John S. Poole. This African American church became known as Black Rock AME and the church thrives today after almost 150 years. A new church was then erected across the road and dedicated in 1871 by Bishop George F. Pierce. The history tells us that a Sunday school celebration was held in 1879 with the President of Emory College, Dr. A. G. Haygood presiding, that attracted almost 1,000 attendees.


In 1870 or some say it was 1865, the old church building was sold to the colored people and moved away. A nice building was erected by the contractor, Lud Green. An old negro and Mr. Dunaway sawed the timber to build the church.