Mount Isaac Baptist Church, Circa 1910, Arp

Before it was known as Arp, this community on the Irwin-Ben Hill County line was known as Isaac. The name was changed sometime between 1910 and 1915, and judging by the burial dates in the adjoining cemetery, I would estimate that this church dates to about 1910.

Since there was already an Isaac Baptist Church, the small African-American community here named their church Mount Isaac, to distinguish it from the the white church. And though Arp is located in Irwin County, the church and cemetery are just over the county line in Ben Hill.

The adjacent cemetery has several vernacular headstones and many of the hand-stenciled variety.

Cary Perry (birth and death dates unknown)

This hand-drawn bird is likely a dove.

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Reverend Ed Davis (15 September 1865-22 October 1962)

Many thanks to Laura Wiggins Norris for bringing it to my attention, and to Dale Bledsoe for the history.

 

8 thoughts on “Mount Isaac Baptist Church, Circa 1910, Arp

    1. Brian Brown Post author

      Glad I was able to share this with you Felicia. The church is nearly gone, but the cemetery will remain to remind people of the people who once worshiped here.

      Reply
  1. Chris Burson

    Tell Dale Bledsoe “Chris Burson” said, HI ! – We use to play together when I would visit my grandma for summer vacation – Lula McCurdy, she lived next door in Arp. These were the best times in my life . . .

    Reply
    1. Ann Kind

      That would be so nice, my grandmother is buried here, Jennie Spears 1983 and several uncles, Thanks so much for sharing.

      Reply

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