The history of Salem Missionary Baptist Church is entwined in the history of the American South. It started as a slave church in Lilburn, Georgia in the 1830s, where the community experienced slavery and racism that challenged its ability to grow and thrive.
I spoke with Mr. Gregory Bailey, the church’s historian and life-long member, who told the stories of the trials of the African American church members, who persevered through the struggles of decline and hardship to ultimately see their church thrive.
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