Published on August 18th, 2022 | by Newt Rayburn


Viewer Discretion Advised: Aftermath Photographs of the Burning of the Presbyterian Church in College Hill, Mississippi

On Saturday, August 13, 2022 at approximately 10:30 pm, the historic Presbyterian Church in College Hill, Mississippi caught fire. Local fire departments and residents tried to save the community church from burning, but the sanctuary was lost to the blaze.

All of these photographs were taken August 1415, 2022 by Newt Rayburn, with help from daughter Alex Rayburn (age 7).

This photograph was taken by my daughter, Alex Rayburn on my Canon T4i with a 300mm Canon lens. Sunday, August 14, 2022.
Alexandria Newton Rayburn at the grave of her Great Great Great Grandfather Samuel Thomas Rayburn and Great Great Great Grandmother Nancy Ann Arnold Rayburn at the College Hill Presbyterian Church, Sunday, August 14, 2022. Photograph by Andrew Newton Rayburn.

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About the Author

was born and grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, starting in 1971. Newt's many publishing projects led to THE LOCAL VOICE, which started in 2006. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and later, Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE media company in March of 2006. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn has been involved in the Ole Miss area for many years. Newt's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is proud Father of eight-year old daughter Alex.

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