Albion Interactive History / Old Rugged Cross Marker

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State Register of Historic Places

Birthplace of “Old Rugged Cross” informational designation, ID Number P22682
Significant Dates: 1913
State Register Listed: 05/01/1959
Marker Erected: 09/25/1959

Marker Text
BIRTHPLACE OF “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS” | “TheOld Rugged Cross,” one of the world’s best-loved hymns,was composed here in 1913 by the Reverend GeorgeBennard (1873-1958). The son of an Ohio coal miner,Bennard was a lifelong servant of God, chiefly in theMethodist ministry. He wrote the words and music of over300 other hymns. None achieved the fame of “The OldRugged Cross,” the moving summation of his faith. “I’llcherish the Old Rugged Cross, Till my trophies at last I laydown; I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross, And exchangeit some day for a crown.”

Source: Michigan’s Historic Sites Online, Downloaded 2003.


  1. can you look a picture of 1003 e mich ave old days

    1. Thanks. Can’t find any photos in my collection. I suggest contacting Frank Passic on Facebook, or the Albion Public Library Local History Room. Feel free to share if you can find something!

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