The Burnt Swamp Baptist Association: A Fellowship of Indian Baptist Churches (Organization Overview)

The Burnt Swamp Baptist Association: A Fellowship of Indian Baptist Churches (Organization Overview) Summary

The Burnt Swamp Baptist Association includes seventy Baptist churches comprised primarily of Native Americans from eastern North Carolina. All of the churches affiliate with the North Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. The more than 10,000 church members of the association come from five tribal groups: Lumbee, Waccamaw-Siouan, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, and Tuscarora. The Lumbee are the largest tribal population group of the Burnt Swamp Association tribes. The tribe numbers as many as 100,000, with 50,000 living near their homeland in rural Robeson County, North Carolina. Only five of the seventy Burnt Swamp churches do not have a majority of Lumbee in their membership. Two congregations are Waccamaw-Siouan, two are Haliwa-Saponi, and one is Coharie. Some Lumbee families may live among the other tribes, but the other tribal territories are definitely not known as Lumbee communities.



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