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The 1876 meeting of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association took place at Sandy Plains Church (present day: Sandy Plains Baptist Church) in Shelby, NC. The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder George W. Rollins. The 1876 mintues address Indian Missions. While the text of the minutes refer to the native population as "red-men of the forest" the minutes reflect a concern for providing the Gospel to "the original owners of this country." The periodicals committee recommend Orphan's Friend in addition to Kind Words and Biblical Recorder as valuable Baptist periodical reading. The Committee on Education proposes that the Baptist community make localized education a high priority. While they encourage continued support for Wake Forest College, the committee also proposes that the association support Boiling Springs Academy, principal B. H. Bridges. The committee officially recommends that an effort be made to establish a female college as there is a "need [for] educated women as well as men." On the motion of establishing a female college within the local region, a committee was established with an appointed representative from each church. The Associational Board recommended to the State Board on Missions that Baptist services be provided in Dallas, NC and Gastonia, NC, located in neighboring Gaston County. The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported that only six associational churches are conducting Sabbath Schools.
1876, September 22
Sandy Plains Baptist Church
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Kings Mountain Baptist Association Collection, Minutes of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, 1876. Series 1, Box 1, University Archives, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.