April 2015 - Jackson MS
The Church was established during the Depression of 1837-40, its membership striving to survive as Jackson, then a 16-year old village of fewer than 600 people, was laboring to become the permanent seat of state government. Exemplifying the spirit and determination of the original congregation in those times of hardship was its endeavor over six years to erect a building. Apparently, the worshipers met in private homes during that interval, the organizational meeting having been in the residence of Maj. and Mrs. George B. Work.
Assisted by Baptists from across the state, the infant congregation began construction of the building in 1843, and it was completed in 1844, by which time its membership had grown to 54 people. The structure still stands at North West and Yazoo streets.