Springfield Baptist - Hancock County
Established over 145 years ago, Springfield Baptist Church in the northern portion of Hancock County is the backbone of a community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War.
The church has an active congregation and many members with family ties to the Springfield community’s patriarch, Zacharia “Zack” Hubert, a former Warren County slave who moved to Hancock County in 1871 and purchased 165 acres with the help of two brothers. It is believed they were the first African-Americans to purchase and own property in Georgia. The Hubert family started a community that became Springfield.
After providing the land and leading the church’s construction, Hubert focused on growing his community. The church’s history revolves around the Hubert family and their efforts to provide African-Americans with opportunities in education, technical work skills and community service. The Springfield Consolidated Community Rural School “taught common sense education”. The overall education project became known as “Log Cabin Community Center”.
Church history tells us, “as the community grew, Springfield Baptist Church soon became the center of all social and religious activities for African-Americans in Hancock County. In the late 1800’s it was the only facility in the entire county where they could gather in large groups for public meetings, quilting parties, canning parties, ice cream socials and other affairs.”
The history of Springfield Baptist Church and the Hubert family go hand-in-hand. Hubert left a storied legacy. Zack and his wife, Camilla, raised twelve children. All twelve were graduates from traditional African-American colleges and two became college presidents.