THE ORIGIN AXD HISTORY OF THE NEGRO
BAPTISTS OF MISSISSIPPI.
ORIGIN OF THE BAPTISTS IN THE STATE.
By the ''Historical Memoirs of Mississippi,"
we are informed that the early history of the
Baptist denomination of Mississippi is rendered ob¬
scure, in consequence of there having been so little
attention paid to church records and other written
The fact that so many of the early settlers were
illiterate and that many in after times looked with in¬
difference, not to say contempt, on early Baptists and
their labors in this country, is the main reason why
they were almost forgotten. Yet by diligent search
and comparing many documents, a tolerably accurate
history of these early pioneers can be written. From
this obscure beginning they have grown to be a great
and prosperous people.
T. M. Bond, the only historian of the period, re¬
lates that in the spring of 1770 there was a number of
emigrants who left South Carolina for the country
the of Natchez. Among these emigrants were some
ten or twelve ministers of the Baptist church. One of
the members was Bichard Curtis, a licensed minister,
with a large family.
The emigrants, in descending the stream, had to
pass through the country owned by the Cherokee