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Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery has been a part of Chambers County’s and Alabama’s history for 180 years. Picture shows Church after renovation and historic portion of cemetery
Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery has been a part of Chambers
County’s and Alabama’s history for 180 years.
Picture shows Church after renovation and historic portion of cemetery
Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church in the Marcoot community was established in April 1835, along with the migration of the first settlers into Chambers County, Alabama. It was first called Mount Paran, getting a name change to Macedonia in 1836. In 1841, five acres of land was purchased from John Farley and a building was erected on the site of the present Macedonia Church. This was the second building (the first building on the current site).

The next building was erected in 1879, but it was destroyed by a tornado on Easter Sunday, 1932. The current building was built on the floor and foundation left after the tornado. The original rock pillars and 6 inch wide floor boards are still visible from underneath.

Many members of of Chambers County’s and East Alabama’s prominent families have been among Macedonia’s membership down through the years. A partial list includes Lloyd, Edge, Penton, Sims, Lowe, Tucker, Tillingham, Smith, Moore, Wilkerson, Germany, Jackson, Coggins, Nichols, Yarbrough, Norris, Jones, Jarrell, Ballard, Gresham, Wise, Lacey, Candler, Weaver, Pearson, Sutton, Lindsey, Howard, Abernathy, Howell, Osborn, Findley, Carter, Still, Harmon, and Farley.

In 1988 a cemetery trust was formed to maintain the cemetery and raise funds for that purpose. In 1999 it became evident that the church required a new roof and other work or it would not last much longer. The cemetery fund had acquired the title to the church building in 2006 as well as some insurance funds. Using money raised for the purpose as well as 10% of the trust money for two years the roof was repaired and improvements were made to the church.

The Cemetery Trust maintains separate accounts for the cemetery and the church building. At the present time all moneys earmarked for maintenance of the church have been exhausted.

Macedonia needs your help in maintaining this historic part of our heritage. The Cemetery Trust Fund sends out fundraising letters in October. These donation (tax deductible) forms allow you to stipulate whether you want your donation to go to the cemetery or the church. Please consider donating to the church fund as well as the cemetery. If you do not receive a form and would like to donate, or if you know someone who may be interested in donation , please contact: Bob Lowe 334-502-8693 or Crystal Rogers 334-826-3281

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