Amazing Photos of River Baptisms (1880-1950)

My father was a Baptist preacher, as was his grandfather and the two generations before them.  Having grown up in a Baptist church, and having been "dunked" myself, I've always been fascinated by the old tradition of "Going down to the river for a baptizin'" that happens primarily here in the South.  I thus wanted to take some time to put together some of the more interesting historical photos of people coming out for this unique ritual.  

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In this late 1890's photo, you see the entire congregation has come down to the water for the baptizing.  And despite the damp and mud, no one shirked on wearing his or her Sunday best, did they?