T he Church baptisms by the Mississippi River Mississippi River was the gathering place for many church baptisms. Church members and others from the community would gather on the levee to view the moving ceremonies. The river waters were used as a major part of the ritual or tradition carried on for decades. Candidates for baptism were submerged in the water by their pastor and other members of the congregation. (Photo courtesy of Clarisse “Sis” Webb)

Prayer cards from early 1900s funerals.

Prayer cards from early 1900s funerals.

Early First Communion in Ama.



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