THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) --
An African-American church that traces its south Georgia roots to the mid-1800s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ochlocknee Missionary Baptist Church near Thomasville was
founded in 1848 but the surviving sanctuary dates to the early 20th
century after the original burned in 1918.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which has a
historic preservation office, says the church was added to the
register in part because its simple architecture is a significant
example of rural African American churches of its time.
The National Register of Historic Places is America's official
list of buildings and places deemed worth of protection and
preservation. Structures must be at least 50 years old to qualify
for the list.