Birthplace of "Old Rugged Cross"

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"The Old Rugged Cross," one of the world's best-loved hymns, was composed here in 1912 by the Rev. George Bennard (1873-1958). The son of an Ohio coal miner, Bennard was a lifelong servant of God, mainly in the Methodist ministry. He wrote the words and music of over 300 other hymns. None achieved the fame of "The Old Rugged Cross," the moving summation of his faith.

"I'll cherish the Old Rugged Cross,
Till my trophies at last I Lay down;
I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown."

Registered Site S0215
Erected 1959

Location: 1101 East Michigan
Albion, Calhoun County


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