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Bryan County Historical Markers

Canaan Church

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Canaan Church
  • Location: 10872 Henry Ford Avenue at Pinecrest Ave, Richmond Hill


This congregation of the Canaan Baptist Church, primarily African-American, was organized in 1913 by Rev. David Boles, Sr., who was pastor, and Brother Fred Gilbert, Deacon. It was the only organized denominational church in what is now Richmond Hill during the early 20th century. The present sanctuary was built with support from Henry Ford. Many of the original congregants of the church were descendants of the antebellum rice plantation slaves of nearby Cherry Hill and Silk Hope plantations.