African American Heritage Trail

Baptism Scene

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.

Baptism Scene

Used by permission:  J. Winston Coleman Photographic  Collection, Transylvania University Library.