Lost Churches of Mississippi

Lost Churches of Mississippi is a collection of archival photographs, postcards, and drawings of more than one hundred notable churches and synagogues fallen to fire, disaster, development, or neglect. Constructed primarily from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, these places of worship were often among the most visually prominent and architecturally striking buildings in Mississippi. Storms, floods, tornadoes, flames, bulldozers, or the disbandment of congregations razed what once was hallowed.

In Lost Churches of Mississippi, architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon reclaims such noteworthy temples as the old St. Paul's Catholic Church in Vicksburg, Bethel Presbyterian Church near Columbus, the old Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian, and the old First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City.

The book includes 180 distinctive black-and-white illustrations from several historical archives and other collections that represent over fifty towns and cities throughout the state. Cawthon discusses the architectural features and historical background of each house of worship and provides a brief introduction that illuminates the study of lost buildings. The book also features a glossary of architectural terms and an annotated bibliography.

Check out photos from the book and an upcoming appearance schedule for Richard Cawthon after the jump. 

Richard Cawthon will talk about and sign copies of his new book at the following times and locations:

  • Friday, May 14, 4 – 6 p.m. at Lorelei Books
    1103 Washington Street

    , MS 39183

    Phone: 601.634.8624
  • Saturday, May 15, 1 – 2 p.m. at Lemuria Bookstore
    202 Banner Hall
    4465 I-55 North
    , MS 39206

    Phone: (601) 366-7619.
  • Saturday, May 22, 1 – 3 p.m. at Bay Books 
    131 Main Street

    Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    Phone: (228) 463-2688
  • Saturday, June 5, 1 – 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Gulfport
    15246 Crossroads Parkway

    , MS 39503

    Phone: (228) 832-8906