Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Midway Congregational Church 1872 - Present
—Museum Of African American History —
William A. Golding, as the pioneering Congregationalist Pastor and one of two freedman serving in the Georgia Legislature, petitioned the American Missionary Association (A.M.A.) to send a preacher to pastor the church and a teacher to lead a school. The A.M.A. responsively helped establish Midway Congregational Church and
The first church building was completed and dedicated in 1874 largely with funds from the A.M.A. and the local church body. The school, named Dorchester Academy in 1877, was formally created by the A.M.A. (Congregationalists ) The new church building served as the Worship Center for the Academy and all assemblies, graduations, Vespers and special events occurred in church.
In March, 1877, The Church Bell was erected, purchased with the funds raised by "New England Friends."
The initial church building was torn down in 1956 and Midway Congregational Church held Worship Services in the Dorchester Academy Center. The present Church Building was constructed in 1962 and dedicated in 1963.
On April 4, 1968, the A.M.A. ceded its authority to the newly formed Dorchester Improvement Association. Inc. The founders were: 1,*James A. Lewis, President; 2. Rev. Charles A. Maxell, Vice- Pres.; 3.* Herbert M. Turner, Chaplain, Ft. Stewart; 4. * Milton P. Crenshaw; 5. Clarence Williams; 6. Jessie A. Stevens; 7. Alfreta L. Adams; 8.* Lillie W. Gillard; 9*. William M. Walthour,Sr.; and 10.* Alberta S. Mullins ( * denotes members of Midway Congregational Church.) Mrs. Gillard
Erected 2004 by City of Flemington.
Location. 31° 48.097′ N, 81° 27.879′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from East Oglethorpe Highway (U.S. 84) near Lewis Frasier Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway, Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 (a few steps from this marker); The Story of the "Bell" at Dorchester Academy (a few steps from this marker); Dorchester Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County Citizen's Council 1946 - 1953 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s (about 300 feet away); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (about 400 feet away); S.C.L.C. and the Voter Education Program 1962-1970 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
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