Compiled by Joyce Salter Johnson
Several yards behind the church, what is known by the black community as the "White Good Hope Church", lays The Colored Cemetery. Where many of the community enslaved ancestors are buried.
In 1855 a group people in the community began worshiping together in fellowship, in a small building which came to be known as Good Hope Baptist Church.
The original site of Good Hope Church was located near what is call the "Short Cut Road" and also known by some community members as the ".Straight Road" near Hickory MS.
During the time of slavery, at the original site of Good Hope Church, slaves and slave masters worshipped together in some fashion.
In 1904 Good Hope Baptist Church moved to its present location, on Old Fellowship Road in Hickory, MS
After 1904 Blacks and Whites no longer worshiped together at Good Hope Baptist Church.
The Blacks in the community, now free to assemble, worship and to hold services, attended Mt. Pleasant Black Baptist Church, near Puchuta, MS, some twenty miles away. "Two days journey by oxen and wagon" Broomsy Salter
The journey each week-end to Puchuta was very difficult, and soon after 1904 plans to build a church was apparent.
In about, 1908 Good Hope Black Settlement Church held its first service.
Philmore Johnson and other members of the black settlement were instrumental in establishing Good Hope Baptist church.
GPS Coordinates: 32.2556, -89.0069
- Added: 29 Jul 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2459532
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