Woodlawn United Methodist Church had one of the highest cornerstones I have seen. I say “had” because the 1909 building was destroyed by fire on on Sunday afternoon May 31, 2009. Later buildings erected by the congregation were untouched and the congregation built a new building with a larger footprint on a side street where it still worships. A grassy lawn with a sign for the church occupies part of the old site and a parking lot for the neighboring bank the rest.
The cornerstone stood high on the wall in the lower section of the building, above the level of a modern pedestrian traffic signal. The cornerstone survived the fire and is embedded in the front of the church’s current building.
(M. E. Church, South stood for Methodist Episcopal Church, South the name of the southern Methodist body prior to its reunion with two other denominations in 1939.)
Read this first post for more on this series on Birmingham churches and their cornerstones.
Woodlawn United Methodist Church (Birmingham Churches & their Cornerstones 2)
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