Sunday, May 1, 2016

St James Missionary Baptist Church
Brookhaven, MS

The St James MB Church is the oldest African American church in Brookhaven. It was organized by Rev George Black of Vicksburg, MS, in 1866.

The pastors of the church were: Reverends George Black, two brothers Sim A Jordan and Jesse J Jordan, W L Magee, William L Creshon, P T Thadison, Clarence Coleman (Sister Jeanette Markham Coleman), Percy Dixon, and currently Larry Jointer.

SOURCES
Research Notes of Cynthia Thadison Williams

1st Church Photograph Courtesy of
Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library
100 South Jackson Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-3369

2nd Photograph Courtesy of Cynthia Thadison Williams
Direct Descendant of Pastor P T Thadison

St James Missionary Baptist Church

10 comments:

  1. What a great old church, and a pretty large congregation. Imagine the sermons, discussions, planning that have occurred within its walls!

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    1. It was the first "colored" baptist church in Brookhaven and I am sure the walls have seen and heard a bit of history. .

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    1. Some of the same faces are in both pictures, nice to see.

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  3. I admire that building. Is it still standing? And, yes, a pretty large congregation is right!

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  4. The church is very active with a large congregation, housed in a large impressive building. I don't think the building pictured exists.

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  5. Yes this building still exists... has undergone remodeling

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    1. It is good to know the building was used in the remodeling. You wouldn't know it looking at the current building.

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    2. My mother was a Sunday school teacher and she is on those pictures. Rosa Lee Billups

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    3. Bev, Thank you for visiting. I hope the picture with your mom is a treasure for you.

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