Two predominately black churches founded in the half decade after the Civil War are representative of the plain but styled buildings constructed for less wealthy congregations. The First Baptist Church (100 S. Main) is a rectangular, gable-end structure with a central front entrance tower, all done in stock brick with cream mortar. The windows have pointed arches except for a circular window in the tower. Beulah AME (115 S. Main) has a restrained Gothic Revival facade. Built of pressed brick with red mortar, it has a multistage tower beside the pedimented gable-end front. Both churches were active in the civil rights movement, and First Baptist's Rever-end L. Francis Griffin was Southside's principal desegregation leader.
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South Main Street Churches
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