Okefenokee Swamp | Blackwater, National Geographic Magazine: River Baptism

Man raises his hand upward while two people pray in a placid river with blue skies.

Sunday morning baptism in the Suwannee River is a tradition near Bell, Florida. Outdoor baptisms were common in the South in the 1950s, but many Christian churches have indoor facilities today, so few believers gather at the water for submersion in a river to proclaim their belief in Christ.