The First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church (HMU7M)

Location: Macon, GA 31201 Bibb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 50.313', W 83° 37.761'

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Organized as the Presbyterian Church of Macon on June 18, 1826, by the Rev. Benjamin Gildersleeve and the Rev. Joseph C. Stiles, the church dedicated this house of worship, its third, on September 19, 1858, at the close of the ministry of the Rev. Robert L. Breck. Mr. Stiles was the first pastor; Matthew Robertson and Samuel B. Hunter, ordained October 14, 1827, the first elders.

This church was host for formation of the Synod of Georgia in 1844 with Dr. Thomas Goulding, founder and first president of Columbia Seminary, as moderator. His son, the Rev. Francis R. Goulding, author of The Young Marooners, served here in the 60's by preaching to the Negro members, who withdrew to form Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1866. This is the mother Church also of Tattnall Square (1887), Vineville (1904), and East Macon (1906),

It was the younger Goulding who took over the city-wide Thanksgiving service commanded here by Union General Wilson at the close of the War Between the States because the pastor, the Rev. David Willis, was overcome by the mockery of the occasion. Goulding's service consisted of reading Psalm 137 ".. For they that carried us away captive required of us a song.. ".

In the church vestibule is a plaque honoring Sidney Lanier, who was a member here.
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HM NumberHMU7M
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number011-17
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 253894 N 3636452
Decimal Degrees32.83855000, -83.62935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.313', W 83° 37.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 18.78" N, 83° 37' 45.66" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 688-698 Mulberry St, Macon GA 31201, US
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