Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church is as old as the Morningside Neighborhood. We were birthed in 1926 by Druid Hills Methodist Episcopal Church, South and named for brother and sister, Bishop Atticus Greene Haygood and Laura Askew Haygood.
Atticus Haygood served as a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and President of Emory University. He was a fierce proponent of education for African Americans and believed in the power of education to renew the mind in Jesus Christ.
Laura Haygood was a foreign missionary to China and educator. She was a strong proponent of equal education for women. She also organized home mission societies that provided food and shelter to the disadvantaged in Atlanta. Her work with the poor included establishing an industrial school to train people in the skills needed to hold self-supporting jobs.
We are honored to have their namesake. Haygood continues to incorporate their witness of education, advocacy, and mission work. We educate the next generation through our Child Development Center, recreation ministries and our weekly programming for children and youth. We do our best to speak out for what’s right. And we believe in offering missionary service through our involvement in “Habitat for Humanity” and “Intown Collaborative Ministries”.