Strawberry Chapel AME

Laurens County
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Org 1859
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Photography by Tony Cantrell

Strawberry Chapel AME in Laurens County is a fascinating site that, unfortunately, we have little information about. 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.  According to Bryan Brown, the church was formed by slaves of the Cooper Plantation in 1859.  This would make Strawberry Chapel the oldest African American congregation in Laurens County and one of the oldest in Georgia.  Although the Chapel is being used for storage now, there is an active church on the premises.

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 of Strawberry Chapel AME 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.