Attached is a photo of a Sunday School group in front of a church in
Wilmington. My grandmother, Margie Wright Bordeaux, is not sure of the
identity of the church. Her grandfather, Mellon Watts from Tabor City, is
squatting 5th from the left in the front with the black hat. He was working
with the railroad at the time. This photo had to have been taken around
1900. Mellon was born in 1880 and married about 1902. Maybe someone who is
good with antique cars can date the photo.
Updated info on this photo:
The photo of the men in front of the church-- this is a photo of Delgado Baptist Church, c. 1915.
Michael Whaley a library patron identified it. He is working on a program about the Delgado
Cotton Mill which operated in Wilmington from 1899 to 1967 (it became Spofford Mill in 1931)
The church was built in the mill village in 1914. The church was renamed Gibson Ave. Baptist
Church in 1926 and it is still in existence. The old building has been torn down.