New Albany: Religious History
Religious institutions have thrived in New Albany for nearly 200 years. This tour highlights several important congregations and other aspects of religious history. The sites featured illustrate the role of religion in southern Indiana since the early nineteenth century.
Christian denominations such as Baptists, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, and United Christians have long had a presence in New Albany. These sects and others like them represent diverse European and African American heritages. Church members participated in local and nationwide social justice efforts, including the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. New Albany churches have confronted manifold challenges. Congregations struggled through disputes between members, financial crises, and natural disasters. Unexpected growth reached beyond the capacity of church buildings and available resources. Congregations adapted in the face of adversity. Individually and collectively, the churches of New Albany and Floyd County have an impressive record of accomplishment. Buildings representative of major trends in ecclesiastic architecture and sites of enduring religious significance are prominent today.