1. On June 11, 1863 a catastrophic event occurred that was to change Darien forever. According to the local history ‘Darien was invaded, looted, and burned to the ground on June 11, 1863 by Union troops, which consisted mainly of black soldiers commanded by two white officers. Col. James Montgomery is blamed for the pointless destruction and was later relieved of his responsibilities. The other officer was 25-year-old Col. Robert G. Shaw, who died about a month later during a famous assault on Battery Wagner on Morris Island, which guarded the southern approaches to Charleston harbor. The movie “Glory” tells the story of Shaw and the burning of Darien. Because of this unnecessary conflagration, most of Darien’s records were lost, and very little of the antebellum Darien exists. The Civil War devastated the South, and ended the plantation culture that depended on free labor from slaves and access to capital’.

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  3. St. Paul is off of the beaten path. There is a wide open field in the middle of the woods at the junction of St. Paul Church Road, Pine Bloom Road, and an unnamed dirt road that leads back to the Dickson Plantation house. The church grounds offer a quiet, peaceful place to reflect upon the lives of slaves and former slaves as they struggled to define themselves within the limits of their reality. The cemetery is unusually large for such a rural cemetery, and many of the markers are home-made. The congregation must have felt strongly about leaving reminders of the past for the future. Maintenance of the cemetery and church grounds is a daunting task considering the size, but things are well kept. We encourage visitors to be mindful of the sacred history of this place and the stories – both good and bad – that it has to tell.

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  4. Vizual Methods productions was recently in Troy, Al shooting a scene for the GPB series "Saving Grace" in association with HRCGA.org. The scene used actual brothers and sisters that were depicting a Catholic pioneer family traveling from Maryland to Georgia in the late 1700's to settle in the area around what is now Sharon, Ga. These were the very first Catholics to settle in Georgia.
    Also, we would like to let everyone know that the Falcone children's father, CW4 Ryan M. Falcone, is currently serving in Afghanistan. All of us associated with "Saving Grace" thank him for his service and pray for his safe return.

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  5. Our newest actor to arrive on the" Saving Grace" set is Anne Bennett. We plan some great scenes for Anne, who is playing Amanda Dickson and we're sure she's up for the challenge!

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