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Remembering a forgotten WWI hero, Private Harry Spratlin

HULL, Ga. – A government-issue tombstone stands as a silent sentinel over Pvt. Harry L. Spratlin, a World War I soldier killed in action on Oct. 15, 1918, only weeks before the signing of the armistice that brought an end to the hostilities.

Black History Month: John Jasper rose from slavery to become one of America’s greatest preachers

RICHMOND, Va. – Highway engineers in Virginia designed a combined section of interstates 64 and 95 to curve gently eastward in downtown Richmond to protect a landmark that serves as a memorial to one of America’s greatest preachers – John Jasper.

Black History Month: Former slave David George was first Baptist missionary to Africa

David George (1742-1810) spent much of his life as a refugee. He endured beatings, hunger, persecution, poverty, loneliness, harsh environments and war. Yet by God’s grace, he blazed a trail that thousands have followed.

White, Black Baptists showed unity in 1946 meeting

It was against this backdrop that the Savannah Fellowship Meeting took place. The meeting was the first of its kind between Georgia’s largest white and Black Baptist conventions.

FIRST-PERSON: How a pandemic 100 years ago ushered in a new era of Baptist giving

Canceling services due to illness is not new to Baptist life. Writer and pastor Charles Jones details how Baptists have responded to other pandemics and come through stronger than before.