Photo by Rebecca Fenwick
Asbury UMC on Abercorn Street.
A historic African American church in Savannah is on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's annual "Places in Peril" list.
The Asbury United Methodist Church at 1201 Abercorn St. — not to be confused with a church with a similar name on Savannah's Henry Street — dates from the late 1800s. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation says it is "currently working with members of the congregation to help find a preservation solution for this historic building."
With a congregation celebrating 150 years, the Asbury United Methodist Church on Abercorn Street "stands as the only African American United Methodist church in the historic Victorian District. The building dates to 1887 and needs many repairs to regain its place serving the full community," the Trust says.
Deterioration due to water intrusion has left many portions of the building unusable, the Trust reports. "Faced with the choice of remaining in the historic building or seeking a new place of worship, the congregation is determined to raise the necessary funds to stay."
Each year, the Georgia Trust releases a new "Places in Peril" list, to "raise awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. Through this program, the Trust encourages owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ preservation tools, partnerships and resources necessary to preserve and utilize selected historic properties in peril."
For a full list, go here