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DeKalb Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church in DeKalb, the first of this church's buildings on this site at the corner of the current Church and Main Streets. Photo date unknown. The church was organized in late 1846 and this building was erected not long thereafter. The lot and lumber were contributed by a Mr. Steele. James and Murdock McRae, brothers and pioneer settlers from Scotland, supervised construction. The building was 40 feet by 60 feet, the pulpit at the eastern end and set between two doors. The first stated supplies (ministers) were responsible for services only one Sunday in six months. In those days roads were difficult and ministers traveled by horseback. (Source: A Brief History of DeKalb Presbyterian Church, Organized September 1846, a six page pamphlet published by the church in September 1996.)

The present church building was dedicated November 22, 1953.

The last service in the old Presbyterian church building in DeKalb, 1953.

 

From "Kemper County, Mississippi - A Pictorial History", placed here with permission by the Kemper County Historical Commission.

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