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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. James United Methodist Church
 
St. James United Methodist Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 17, 2005
1. St. James United Methodist Church Marker
 
Inscription. In 1798 the Methodist Church was incorporated in Augusta and known as the “Augusta Station.” St. John Methodist Episcopal Church was the mother church formed out of this movement and St. James Methodist Episcopal Church was created in 1854 as an outgrowth of St. John. St. John secured the lot for the new church in 1855 and by 1856, a two-story brick building was completed at a cost of $9,661. St. James was named in honor of Reverend James E. Evans, its founder. In 1886, the church building was enlarged, a belfry erected, and the façade improved.

The white marble monument across the street was erected by a St. James Sunday School class in memory of those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. 24 church members’ and 261 other Augustans’ names are inscribed on the monument. The cenotaph was unveiled on December 31, 1873.

The building adjacent to the church was built in 1916 as the parsonage. It was renamed the “Ministry Building” in 1981.

President Eisenhower worshipped here on January 3, 1954.

Emma S. Lester, an early missionary to China wrote in the history of the church this statement: “May St. James shine as a beacon light for centuries to come, and when the summons come that time shall be no more, may the beams from her light ever to the portals of heaven.”
 
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St. James United Methodist Church Marker seen along westbound Greene Street Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
2. St. James United Methodist Church Marker seen along westbound Greene Street
 
Historic Augusta, Inc. and St. James United Methodist Church.
 
Location. 33° 28.233′ N, 81° 57.5′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Greene Street 0.1 miles east of 5th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 439 Greene Street, Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans of All Wars (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of the Augusta Chronicle (about 700 feet away); The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bicentennial Augusta, Ga (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Signer's Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army National Guard (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Academy of Richmond County (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
St. James United Methodist Church and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
3. St. James United Methodist Church and Marker
 
 
St. James United Methodist Church and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
4. St. James United Methodist Church and Marker
 
 
St. James United Methodist Church and cenotaph, as mentioned Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
5. St. James United Methodist Church and cenotaph, as mentioned
 
 
St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (west side) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
6. St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (west side)
These Men Died
In Defense Of
The Principals
Of The
Declaration Of
Independence
 
 
St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (north side) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
7. St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (north side)
In memory of those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. 24 church members.
St. James' Sabbath School
Dedicates This Tablet
To Her Fallen Heroes.
— • —
List of 6 Officers
2 Non-Coms
16 Privates
 
 
St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (east side) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
8. St. James United Methodist Church Cenotaph (east side)
261 other Augustans’ names are inscribed
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,341 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 7, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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