Mount Gilead Baptist Church / 404 Dowd Street

36.00023, -78.891924

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(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

Organized as a congregation in 1908, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church had its first dedicated structure just northwest of here on Lynchburg (later renamed Gurley) Street.  When they moved to this location in fall 1918, the pastor was Rev. David Jones, who lived a block away at 311 Dowd.  It appears that it was initially a frame structure, one parcel west of the corner. In 1952, Mt. Gilead acquired the corner lot, and built a new sanctuary that utilized both parcels, now recombined.  According to the account on the church website - which includes a thorough record of the congregation's leadership over more than a century of activity - the older building "is still a portion of the present structure," which was completed around the time of the above photograph.


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The church is utterly beautiful inside. The wood trim was never painted and is oiled and cared for in the most loving fashion.

Is that building to the right of the church the same one in the original photo, but bricked up?

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