I’ll confess I’ve never appreciated the beauty of this Savannah church until I was across the street from it a few days ago.

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Do you recognize it?

It’s St. Philip A.M.E. Church on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

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The church was founded in 1865, but the building was demolished in the hurricane of 1896. The current structure has an interesting history, according to the church’s website:

In December 1909, Rev. R.H. Singleton became the pastor and served seven years – the first minister to serve more than four years. During this administration, the present modern brick structure, unique in being designed by an African American architect – J. A. Langford – who designed the building in a Romanesque Revival style which is a Greek and Roman structure, was completed. Rev. R.V. Branch then served from 1916 to 1923. He was a great preacher and efficient pastor.

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