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Racial inclusion and the Civil War (1861-1865)
Prior to the Civil War, in 1855, the statistical report sent to Presbytery showed three black members of the church. Little is known about what their relationship was like with the other members, or whether they were slaves or free. Whatever the case, they were part of the membership of First Presbyterian Church, and our hope is that they were treated with the honor and respect due to all brothers and sisters in Christ.
Rev. Hall discontinued serving as supply preacher when the Civil War broke out in 1861.
God preserved FPC through the Civil War. The growth of the church had thus far been offset by deaths and transfers from the community, and a report to Presbytery in spring 1861 shows only 19 members. There is a break in the records at that point.
Mr. Samuel Rankin Latta was elected clerk of the session August 1867, and served thus marking the beginning of 45 years of faithful service in this office as a spiritual father.