5. Baptism Scene
Around the beginning of the 20th century, Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church carried out its baptisms in a pond that was once situated between Bolivar and Scott Streets. For many years, rousing baptismal services were held at the pond off South Upper. According to oral tradition, this electrifying spiritual event drew large crowds of families and represented an important component of declaring one's faith.
Used by permission: J. Winston Coleman Photographic Collection, Transylvania University Library.
1. Main Street Baptist Church, 582 West Main Street
2. "Forgotten Pioneers," A doctor's office that was located at 118 North Broadway
4. Historic Pleasant Green, 540 West Maxwell Street
5. Baptism scene, between Bolivar and Scott Streets
6. Home of Isaac Murphy, Eastern Street
7. St. Paul AME Church, 251-253 North Upper Street
8. Old First Baptist site, corner of Short and DeWeese
9. Polk-Dalton Infirmary, 148 DeWeese
10. East Second Street Christian Church, 146 Constitution Street
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Doris Wilkinson, Retired
Department of Sociology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027