Historic Markers Across Georgia

Two Early Augusta Churches

Marker ID: GHM 121-45
Location: Greene St in front of St John's Methodist Church, Augusta, GA
County: Richmond
Coordinates: N 33° 28.37    W 081° 57.95
  33.47284    -81.96583
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM79V6
Two Early Augusta Churches Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


St. John Methodist Church was founded in 1798 by Stith Mead, a young Virginia minister who denounced the worldliness of fun-loving Augusta. Bishop Francis Asbury visited the church and watched its growth with particular interest. Augustus B. Lonstreet and five Methodist Bishops, including James O. Andrew, George F. Pierce, and Warren R. Candler, were pastors of St. John. Lorenzo Dow the colorful and eccentric evangelist, also figured in the early history of the church. In 1844, the original church building contracted in 1801, began a new phase in its ecclesiastical history when it was sold to another early congregation, the Springfield Baptist Church. The structure was moved to the S.E. corner of Reynolds and Marbury - where for approximately 50 years before, members of what is usually considered the first Negro Baptist Church in America at Silver Bluff, South Carolina had worshiped after they fled with their masters to Augusta when the British occupied Silver Bluff in 1778. These Silver Bluff - refugee- charter members of the circa 1790 Springfield Baptist congregation, account for its claim that it is one of the oldest, if not the oldest active Negro Baptist congregation in the United States

GHM 121-45 Georgia Historical Commission 1964

Two Early Augusta Churches
Photo by Ken Moser