Springfield Baptist Church through history

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Rainier EhrhardtStaff Wayne Pontoo, of Sego Middle School, tours the upstairs part of the original Springfield Baptist Church building during an educators tour stop, Nov. 4, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.
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Tierra Johnson, 11, great great granddaughter of Springfield Baptist Church pastor Rev. W.P. Sanders 1923-31 talks about former pastors during Sunday Church services at Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta July 15, 2012. Michael HolahanStaff
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The Paine College Concert Choir sings beneath the new sculture, Tower Of Aspirations, created by sculptor Richard Hunt, at the Springfield Village Park Dedication Sunday afternoon. 21002 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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(Left) Demarcus Robinson, 15, and Chad Parker,17 bring up the Sunday offering plates during sunday service at the Springfield Baptist Church. The Springfield Baptist Church is said to be the oldest Black Church in the South. Christine De Lessio M 2-7-99
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Zarcola McNeely, 12 holds hands during the end of the Sunday service at Springfield Baptist Church, with Erma and Brooks Williams. Springfield Baptist Church is said to be the oldest black church in the south. Christine De Lessio M 2-7-99
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Reverend E. T. Martin, gives his sermon from the pulpit of the Springfield Baptist Church during sunday service. The church is said to be the souths oldest black church. Christine De Lessio M 2-7-99
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Springfield Baptist Church, is said to be the oldest black church in the nation. Christine De Lessio M 2-7-99
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(Left) Dennis Roberts, 8, Robin Hammerster,11 and Deon Roberts, 5, share the song lyrics in the Springfield Baptist Church Bulletin during Sunday service. theboys are brothersa nd Hammerster is their cousin. The Springfield Bpatist Church is said to be the South's Oldest Back Church. Christine De Lessio M 2-8-99
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Apostle Loretta Butler talks to the crowd at the celebration for the anniversary of Springfield Baptist Church during First Friday festivities in downtown Augusta Friday evening August 3, 2012. Michael HolahanStaff
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Following the dedication ceremony, audience members stroll around the newly dedicated Springfield Village Park Sunday afternoon. The historic Springfield Baptist Church is in the background. 21002 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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Project Superintendent Phil Prince uses a front end loader to do some work around the Springfield Village Park construction site at the corner of 12th and Reynolds streets. Prince's company, Allen-Batchelor Construction, plans to complete the construction over the next 10 months. 22101 Jonathan Ernst photo Business
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Chicago-based Sculptor Richard Hunt and Architect Tom Ramsey view their design for the million Springfield Village project. Project constuction is slated to begin in coming weeks. 22200 Clarissa Walker photo METRO
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Ladies move to the music at the celebration for the anniversary of Springfield Baptist Church during First Friday festivities in downtown Augusta Friday evening August 3, 2012. Michael HolahanStaff
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Fred Franklin of Franklin Restoration Inc. from Rutledge, GA climbs down the steeple of Springfield Baptist Church. Mr. Franklin is replacing the shingles on the roof which were original dating back over 100 years. The church was established in 1787 on the site where it stands today, 12th and Reynolds St. He should finish by the end of the month. 11003 M 3B Annette M. Drowlettestaff
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Springfield Baptist Church at 114 12th Street. 2800 Jonathan Ernst photo Metro
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Citizens and dignitaries attend the ceremony to celebrate the construction of the Springfield Village Park Sunday afternoon in Augusta. 5601 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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Black Historic Sites - Springfield Baptist Church and Springfield Village(in foreground) in Augusta, Ga on February 4, 2002. 2402 Metro Andrew Davis Tucker
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Stone masons Jose Ramirez (left) and Pedro Garcia work on a wall in the Springfield Park on the corner of 12th and Reynolds streets. The construction is being overseen by Allen-Batchelor Contractors. 81401 Jonathan Ernst photo Metro
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This photograph of an artist's model of the , being constructed at the corner of 12th and Reyolds streets. 22101 Special photo Metro
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Welders Jesse Rector, right, and Lindsey Levrette, left(off in distance) of Kirkland Brothers Welding Inc. put the finishing touches on installing the railing at the new Springfield Village on Monday afternoon, February 4, 2002. 2702 Features Andrew Davis Tucker
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The reflecting pool at the Springfield Memorial Park has stagnated, leaving the water discolored and the bottom covered with what appeared to be dark algae. 71702 Jonathan Ernst photo Metro
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Sculptor Richard Hunt talks about the design of the Springfield Village Park on the corner of 12th and Reynolds Streets in Augusta. 5601 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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Welder Jesse Rector of Kirkland Brothers Welding Inc. puts the finishing touches on installing the railing at the new Springfield Village on Monday afternoon, February 4, 2002. 2702 Features Andrew Davis Tucker
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The Rev. E. T. Martin in the 200 year-old original church building of the Springfield Baptist Church in downtown Augusta. 13198 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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Isaac Johnson of Springfield Baptist Church rings the 121year old bell in the church steeple for five minutes Wednesday, Sept. 11, starting at 8:46 in memory of the people killed in the attacks one year ago. 91102 Jonathan Ernst photo Metro
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Black Historic Sites - Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga on February 4, 2002. 2402 Metro Andrew Davis Tucker
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The Rev. E. T. Martin stands in the sanctuary of the Springfield Baptist Church in downtown Augusta. 13198 Michael Holahan photo METRO
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Isaac Johnson of Springfield Baptist Church rings the 121year old bell in the church steeple for five minutes Wednesday, Sept. 11, starting at 8:46 in memory of the people killed in the attacks one year ago. 91102 Jonathan Ernst photo Metro
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The Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest independent black Baptist Church in the US, was organized in 1787. 72097 Steven Schretzmann photo FEATURES RELIGION
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Springfield Baptist Church. 72097 Steven Schretzmann photo FEATURES RELIGION
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John Rodgers, 5, drops a donation into the colllection plate at Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta Sunday morning December 7, 2008. MICHAEL HOLAHANstaff
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Springfield Baptist Church, at 12th and Reynolds streets, will celebrate its 210th anniversary. 72097 Steven Schretzmann photo FEATURES RELIGION
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The Springfield Baptis Church's Green Chorus, comprised of children, sings during under the direction of Rev. Tommie Johnson at the piano. 72097 Steven Schretzmann photo FEATURES RELIGION
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Springfield Baptist Church, 114 12th St. WILLIE MALPASSSTAFF
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Bernadette Williams sings during the 210 year anniversary service Sunday afternoon at Springfield Baptist Church. 81097 KAthy Moore PHOTO METRO
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Reverend Emmett T. Martin, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, addresses the congregation during the 210 year anniversary service, Sunday afternoon while Mayor Larry Sconyers, back waits to greet the group. 81097 KAthy Moore PHOTO METRO
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A communion chalice from the Springfield Baptist Church is on display at the Augusta-Richmond County Museum. 020699 Brant Sanderlin photo FEATURES
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Evelyn McGahee, left, and other community members sing the The Negro National Anthem,"Lift Every Voice and Sing", Friday at Springfield Baptist Church in South Augusta. The event was to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. 11400 METRO Chris Thelen
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Grady Allen plays Amazing Grace Friday at Springfield Baptist Church during a ceremony celebrating Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. 11400 METRO Chris Thelen
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Rainier EhrhardtStaff Old hymnal books are seen during an educators tour stop at Springfield Baptist Church, Nov. 4, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.
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Springfield Village Park, 12th Street WILLIE MALPASSSTAFF
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Springfield Baptist Church, 114 12th St. WILLIE MALPASSSTAFF
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Artist Richard Hunt stands in front of his new fountain sculpture (bottom left) that he made which was moved into Springfield Village Park on Wednesday May, 24, 2006. The art piece weighs 8000 pounds and is made of bronze and stainless steel and is called "And they went down both into the water." Hunt is from Chicago. Ross TaylorStaff
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Workers move the new fountain sculpture into Springfield Village Park on Wednesday May, 24, 2006. The sculpture was done by Richard Hunt of Chicago the art piece weighs 8000 pounds and is made of bronze and stainless steel and is called "And they went down both into the water." Ross TaylorStaff
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Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff Veronica Stokes directs a rehearsal for a musical event that kicks off three months of celebrations in honor of the 225th anniversary of Springfield Baptist Church. The church, founded in 1787, is believed to be the nation's oldest continuously meeting black church in the country.
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Mourners surround the Reverend Emmett Thomas Martin's casket where he is laid to rest outside of the Historic Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta April 1, 2008. Rev. Dr. ET Martin served as pastor at the church from 1972 to present. Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Overseer Betty Anderson of Way of Life Ministries International, Reverend David Hunter, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Reverend Enoch Ward, Jr, pastor of First of First Metropolitan Baptist Church and more local figures spoke kind words about the late pastor to a standing room only crowd. KENDRICK BRINSONSTAFF
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Felicia Thomas talks about the history of Springfield Baptist in Augusta on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Jackie Ricciardistaff
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Dr. James Carter stands by the historical marker for Springfield Baptist Church March 24, 2005 in Augusta, GA. Annette M. Drowlettestaff
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Dr. James Carter stands in Springfield Village Park with the Tower of Aspirations in the background March 24, 2005 in Augusta, GA. Annette M. Drowlettestaff
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Sculptor Richard Hunt, on ladder, puts some finishing touches on the new sign that was installed at the Springfield Village Park in downtown Augusta on Wednesday afternoon, January 28, 2004. Andrew Davis TuckerStaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A photo of Betty Martin and her husband, the late pastor E. T. Martin, who served as the longest-serving pastor at Springfield Baptist Church in downtown Augusta. The church will be celebrating their 225th Anniversary this summer.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Betty Martin, 71, of Augusta, is the wife of the late pastor E. T. Martin, who served as Springfield Baptist Church's longest -serving pastor. The church is one of the oldest in Augusta and will be celebrating their 225th Anniversary this summer. "We plan on having a great time, "Martin said of the upcoming celebration.
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Springfield Baptist Church as painted by Bernard Willington is shown in the lobby of the First Bank of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. RAINIER EHRHARDTSTAFF

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