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Negro Churches in Georgetown, KY

According to B. O. Gaines History of Scott County, the first Negro Churches in the Kentucky county were the Wesley Chapel - M.E. Church (1866) on Mulberry Street and the First Colored Baptist Church (1869) on Jefferson Street.

Reverend C. J. Nichols had served as pastor of the Methodist Church, which had a membership of 236. By the early 1900s, the membership had decreased to 113, and Reverend J. H. Ross was the pastor.

Reverend Reuben Lee was the pastor of the Baptist Church. By the turn of the century, the church had grown to a membership of 600, and Reverend R. H. Porter was the pastor.

Later there were three additional churches: Zion Baptist on Mulberry Street, led by Rev. D. W. Seals [see photograph of the church on p. 99 in Golden Jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky]; Wayman Chapel, a Methodist church near the Negro school, led by Rev. S. Lee; and the Christian Church, led by Rev. A. W. Davis. A lot had been purchased on Mulberry Street for a new church building.

For more see p. 328, vol. 2 of B. O. Gaines History of Scott County, by B. O. Gaines (1905).

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