Hidden in a pine forest off Livingston Road in South Georgia’s Brooks County stands a work of courage, humanity, and hope that emerged during the dark years when the nation laid its sons as a “costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.” This work of courage is not a marble statue of a heroic figure or a bronze plaque commemorating a significant historical event. It is a simple, primitive saltbox- style church with a squat steeple, four square pillars, and a double door entrance. African-Americans who were no longer con- fined to slave galleries in white churches, or pushed to the periphery of plantation property, or denied the privilege of church attendance entirely, built Pine Hill Christian Church as a meeting place: their own spiritual home, refuge of a new age and the fulfillment of a promise of new beginnings.
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