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Near Midway in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery

Barbour County

 
 
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By James L.Whitman, December 12, 2020
1. Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Constructed in the 1840s and constituted in 1852, Ramah Baptist Church is in the community formerly known as both Ramah and Vaughn. Records show that the land for both the church and cemetery was given by Solomon G. and Francis T. Burke in 1857. This congregation was ruled with strict and rigid discipline that could lead to the exclusion of members who fell short of the exacting standards of the church. The interior arrangement reflects the strict attitude of the church leadership, as does the use of separate entrances. The two doors on either side of the church allowed men and women to enter separately. The division of the central pews with a wooden bar was also intended to separate men and women.

In 1869, 171 African-American members of Ramah Baptist Church voted to be dismissed from the congregation. Ramah Baptist Church helped construct

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By James L.Whitman, December 12, 2020
2. Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
the Nero Baptist Church for these former African-American members. The cemetery located behind the church is a continuation of the community's history. The oldest headstone dates from February 23. 1821. Five Confederate soldiers are buried here. Four of these were the Weaver brothers who were all killed in battle. In 1963 a group of 25 people formed the Ramah Church Memorial Association to preserve the church and cemetery. The first officers elected at that time were: President George H. Adams, First Vice President Ollie L. Johnson, Sr., Second Vice President John Robert Gary. Secretary Mrs. Jessie E. Cobb, and Treasurer Ms. Katie Mae Taylor. An annual church service, dinner on the grounds and business meeting is held each fourth Sunday in June for the family and friends of former members. The church is important for its religious history and architectural significance. The building is an excellent example of a rural, one-room church that retains a high degree of historic integrity.

Listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage December
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By James L.Whitman, December 27, 2020
3. Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
15, 2011

 
Erected 2018 by Ramah Church Memorial Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion.
 
Location. 32° 6.348′ N, 85° 23.885′ W. Marker is near Midway, Alabama, in Barbour County. Marker is on Springhill Road (County Road 89), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway AL 36053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spring Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Election Riot of 1874 (approx. 5 miles away); May 28th Celebration Battle and Antioch Communities (approx. 6.3 miles away); Jefferson Davis Highway (approx. 7.2 miles away); Midway Baptist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); St. James C.M.E. Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Town of Midway (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by James L.Whitman of Eufaula, Alabama. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2020, by James L.Whitman of Eufaula, Alabama.   3. submitted on January 12, 2021, by James L.Whitman of Eufaula, Alabama. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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