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Akin Methodist Church, 1892, Mt. Pleasant

mt pleasant ga historic akin memorial methodist church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

When Lawrence Akin built this church, historically known as Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church,  Mt. Pleasant was a thriving community whose economy was based on timber. Today, the church is the only real link to that era. Akin was a Camden County native who became involved in banking and politics after moving to Mt. Pleasant in 1884. His business interests in the Mt. Pleasant area led him to build a suitable church where his family could worship. The community was in steady decline by the late 1920s and by the 1940s, the church membership was nearly too small to sustain. A gift from one of Lawrence Akin’s daughters, Ruth Akin Hightower, insured that the church would survive and the congregation was renamed to honor its founder.