New coffee table book features 31 UM churches


Thirty-one United Methodist churches are included in Historic Churches of Mississippi by photographer Sherry Pace and Richard J. Cawthon.


The book, published by University Press of Mississippi, celebrates the rich history of religious architecture of Mississippi.


For this book Pace has compiled outdoor photographs of 133 of the state’s most historically significant churches and synagogues.


The selected images provide a broad overview of the most noteworthy buildings, with origins dating from the 1820s through the 1920s.


Architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon provides historic as well as architectural facts for the churches in both the introductory essay and in the captions for Pace’s photographs.


Historic Churches of Mississippi features churches from major cities, small towns, and remote sites all over the state.


The religious styles and forms of architecture represented range from simple wood-frame country churches to elaborate cathedrals, including the Federal, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque, Moorish and Neoclassical Revival styles.

All of the churches are documented by the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Archives and History.


Additionally, this collection of photographs preserves churches that were either destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Katrina on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.


Pace of Madison County is a freelance outdoor photographer. Cawthon is the former chief architectural historian at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He lives in Jackson.