Fouche Gap Analysis

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A little community of the Big Texas Valley in Georgia wanted a church. Even though they were finally free, no longer slaves to the white people, the people who lived there were not allowed inside the churches or inside the schools that the white people attended. So, the people needed their own church where they could pray and sing. They needed a schoolhouse where their children could learn to read and write. They needed a meeting place where they could come together. For many years, the people prayed, the teacher taught, and everyone sang in a secret place in the woods called a bush harbor. It was made of trees to hide it away. But one day a white man with a heart gave some land to the colored people. He said "You can build your church …show more content…

A church was needed, one that could do double duty as a school, a real building to replace the bush arbor that had served that purpose in the past. A kind land owner, one of the Fouche family after whom Fouche Gap is named, offered to deed ¾ acre to the congregation as a location for their church. A fire thwarted their first attempt to build, but undeterred, they made a second building in 1879, naming it Glendale Chapel. The men cut down white oak trees to be used as sills. You can see the axe marks where they squared off the logs, and sawed planks were used for the walls. It still stands today, but only just barely. “The Reverend Green Johnson and his wife Rachel were the creative force and inspiration behind the building and stewardship of the new church. Members of the Johnson family were active in the congregation for all 87 years it was in use. We are fortunate that Annie Johnson, one of Green and Rachel’s grandchildren, wrote a history of the church, recording major events, dates of changes made to the building, and names of clergy who preached

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