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Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mount Nebo Church
Blackstone, Virginia

— Nottoway County —
 
Mount Nebo Church CRIEHT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Mount Nebo Church CRIEHT Marker
 
Inscription. Mt. Nebo Church was founded shortly after the Civil War in 1867. A northerner named Mr. Rickets bought the place called Oak Hill and began preaching to a group of African Americans at this place in the woods. The audience increased as people from the surrounding communities came to hear him. They built a brush arbor under which to worship. As the crowd grew larger, Mr. Rickets gave the congregation one acre of land on which they built a log church and named it Mt. Nebo.

One day PF Fitzgerald (shown right), a young man who was born in Mississippi and sold in Virginia, told the Mt. Nebo congregation that if they would pay for his education, he would come and preach to them for the rest of his life. The congregation found the money for his education and the young man kept his promise. Rev. P.F. Fitzgerald became the first pastor of Mt. Nebo. People came from near and far to join Mt. Nebo, and the need arose for a new church. A march was held in which everyone was asked to give 25 cents, and the new church was built.

The congregation continued to grow, a Sunday school was organized, and again the need for a new church became apparent. The third church was built, which remains standing today. In 1967, the church celebrated its centennial. The Mt. Nebo congregation worshiped in this structure until 1978, when they
 
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map. Photo, Click for full size
2. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map.
Appomattox County
1. Winonah Camp/Mozella Price Home
2. Carver-Price School
3. Education in 1800's Rural Virginia

Buckingham County
4. One-Room Schoolhouse
5. Carter G. Woodson Birthplace

Cumberland County
6. Hamilton High School
7. Rosenwald School at Cartersville
8. Jackson Davis

Amelia County
9. Russell Grove Presbyterian Church and School
10. Mrs. Samantha Jane Neil

Chesterfield County
11. Virginia State University

Petersburg
12. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia
13. McKenney Library
14. The Peabody-Williams School

Dinwiddie County
15. Southside Virginia Training Center
16. Rocky Branch School
17. Early Education in Dinwiddie County

Nottoway County
18. Blackstone Female Institute
19. Mt. Nebo Church
20. Ingleside Training Institute

Lunenburg County
21. The People's Community Center
22. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School

Prince Edward County
23. Prince Edward County Public Schools
24. R. R. Moton High School
25. Farmville Female Seminary Association
26. First Baptist Church
27. Beulah AME Church
28. Hampden-Sydney College

Charlotte County
29. Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
30. Charlotte County Library
31. Salem School

Halifax County
32. Meadville Community Center
33. Mary M. Bethune High School
34. Washington-Coleman Elementary School
35. Mizpah Church

Mecklenburg County
36. Thyne Institute
37. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Brunswick County
38. Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
39. Saint Paul's College
40. Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd
41. Fort Christanna
 
moved to the new edifice across the road. Also located across the road were Mt. Nebo schoolhouses. The last structure, a two-room school-house, stood until the late 1970s.
 
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 37° 6.747′ N, 78° 2.101′ W. Marker is in Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is on Mt. Nebo Road 0.4 miles from Walnut Hill Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Nottoway (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Nottoway (approx. half a mile away); Nottoway Court House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Nottoway Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); Blackstone College (approx. 2.8 miles away); Blackstone Female Institute (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jamestown Oaks (approx. 3 miles away); Black’s and White’s Station (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blackstone.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of Rev. P.F. Fitzgerald and on the left is a photo of Mt. Nebo Church.
 
Also see . . .
 
Mount Nebo Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
3. Mount Nebo Church Marker
 

1. Virginia's Retreat. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Mount Nebo Baptist Church. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Mount Nebo Church. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
4. Mount Nebo Church.
 
 
Present-day Mount Nebo Baptist Church across the road. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
5. Present-day Mount Nebo Baptist Church across the road.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,167 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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