Monday, April 19, 2010

From the archives 2: Baptizing

One day back in the early 1980s, between noon and 1 p.m. on a Sunday, I was driving through Lawrence County, Ohio, on State Route 7 when I decided to stop by the park at old Lock and Dam 27 on the Ohio River. I had my camera with me for some reason, and I have no idea why I chose to stop on this particular day.

What I saw there was a guy minding his own business fishing even though a few yards away from him was this gathering of people preparing for a baptism or two at the boat launch ramp. I got some quick shots from a couple of different angles and then left, as I had to be at work soon. Also, I didn’t want to intrude on their ceremony.

I remember river baptisms happening every now and then in the 1960s and 1970s, but I rarely hear of them anymore. It could just be that I'm not by the river at the right places on Sunday afternoons, or it may be that it just doesn't happen around here nowadays.

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1 comment:

michelle said...

That's a pretty cool picture. I have some of my first husband's river baptism, actually, in the early 80's (I think it was 81, actualy), taken at the Catlettsburg boat ramp. I don't think that church does river baptisms anymore, either...but those pictures are getting pretty rare.

Good one. I'm enjoying your archives. Life around a river is quite fascinating, eh?