Springfield Baptist Church

The old clapboard sanctuary, constructed in 1801 for St. John United Methodist Church, was purchased by Springfield in 1844 and is the city’s oldest church structure. Springfield Baptist Church is of national significance because it is the oldest African-American church in the United States; because it is an example of the determination of African-Americans to be independent during the slavery era; because the Georgia Republican Party originated there; because Morehouse College, which has produced so many nationally prominent black leaders, was founded there; and finally because the Springfield Church stands today as proof that African-American's too can look to history with pride in their achievements.