Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The First Presbyterian Church
This church was host for formation of the Synod of Georgia in 1844 with Dr. Thomas Goulding, founder and first president of Columbia Seminary, as moderator. His son, the Rev. Francis R. Goulding, author of The Young Marooners, served here in the 60’s by preaching to the Negro members, who withdrew to form Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1866. This is the mother Church also of Tattnall Square (1887), Vineville (1904), and East Macon (1906),
It was the younger Goulding who took over the city-wide Thanksgiving service commanded here by Union General Wilson at the close of the War Between the States because the pastor, the Rev. David Willis, was overcome by the mockery of the occasion. Goulding’s service consisted of reading Psalm 137 ".. For they that carried us away captive required of us a song.. ".
In the church vestibule is a plaque honoring Sidney Lanier, who was a member here.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 50.313′ N, 83° 37.761′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is at the intersection of Mulberry Street and 1st Street, on the right when traveling east on Mulberry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 682 Mulberry Street, Macon GA 31210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mulberry Street Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Bibb County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); M. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia (about 800 feet away); Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House (about 800 feet away); Wilson's Raid To Macon (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • War, US Civil •
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