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Chattahoochee Valley’s oldest black church reflects on history

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As Black History Month kicks off, we celebrate our very own historical site here in the valley.
 
The First African Baptist Church is the oldest black church in the Chattahoochee Valley. Built in 1915, it was originally formed by slaves on Valentine’s Day 1829.

Throughout the years many members made great contributions to Columbus – breaking barriers, creating history and paving the way for people like Pastor Roderick Green.

“We have living history within our congregation that some of the very first administrators and teachers in the time of integration of Muscogee County school system and the time of the organization and reorganization of the Columbus consolidated government,” Green said. “Some of the first leaders of government and law enforcement were actual members of our congregation and some of those members are alive today.”

Among those is the late Judge Albert Thompson, who was the first African American lawyer and superior court judge in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

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