Near Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Identified with the Springfield Baptist Church and School that existed in the late nineteenth century. Springfield has roots in the African American community which extend back many generations. The church was originally organized in 1872, about seven years after the end of the Civil War. The land was donated for the church by Rueben Miller, and the initial church survived until it was rebuilt in 1899 and again in 1917. Fire destroyed this building in 1994, but a new church was rebuilt the same year.
Located in the Shepherd’s Militia District of Morgan County, the Springfield community emerged in proximity to the communities of Bethany and Zachary. Throughout Shepherd’s District a number of schools for both African American and white children were established by 1897, including Friendship School, Oak Grove School and Enterprise Academy. At least five cotton gins existed in proximity to Springfield in 1897, underscoring the reliance on cotton as a commodity for the local economy.
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 33° 29.716′ N, 83° 25.168′ W. Marker is near Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is on Bethany Church Road, 0.1 miles north of Seven Islands Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is just south of the church parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2140 Bethany Church Road, Madison GA 30650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairview (approx. 1.1 miles away); Seven Islands Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bethany (approx. 2.3 miles away); Union Chapel United Methodist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Georgia 4-H Clubs (approx. 5.2 miles away); George Claud Adams (approx. 5.3 miles away); Godfrey (approx. 5˝ miles away); WWII B-25C Airplane Crash (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,079 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.