New Lebanon Baptist

Sumter County
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Org Org date unknown
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Photography by Steve Robinson

Almost Gone But Not Forgotten

We have no history on New Lebanon Baptist, in Sumter County, other than the cemetery information we find on Findagrave.  We think it is an African American church that followed the pattern of so many of them that obviously once were thriving but have succumbed to the combination of declining rural populations, aging congregations, abandonment and death.  This is another sad reminder of days gone by and neglected rural heritage and history.  If anyone has anything to contribute, please let us know.  Small church congregations like this one once dotted the rural landscape and served their communities as central places to gather, worship, celebrate, mourn, and live out life in the country. Oftentimes, churches like this one also served as school buildings for African American students before public education was offered to them.  Places like this are so important to help us understand the full picture of Georgia’s history. And while we don’t have the whole story yet, we think it is important to hold this place to create a small memorial in hopes that more information will emerge. If you know anything about this church or the community of people it served, please comment below.