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Second Baptist Church / James P. Poindexter

Historic Underground Railroad Site

 
 
Second Baptist Church - Columbus' Oldest Black Baptist Church Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2009
1. Second Baptist Church - Columbus' Oldest Black Baptist Church Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
Second Baptist Church - Columbus' Oldest Black Baptist Church, 1836

Second Baptist Church cordially received its independence as a mission church from the First Baptist Church on January 7, 1836. Rev. Ezekiel Fields was chosen as pastor from 1836-1839. Formal Articles of Inc. were granted on March 12, 1844 by the 42nd General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Early church locations were 69 Mulberry, 105 E. Gay Street, and 90 E. Rich Street. In 1843, the Palladium of Liberty Newspaper began through meetings at the church. The Ohio Black Laws meant loss of livelihood causing many members to actively participate in the covert operations of the Underground Railroad. The Anti-Slavery Baptist Church in 1847 was led by Rev. James P. Poindexter, along with Rev. Isaiah Redman and member John T. Ward until the two churches merged again in 1858.

Side B:
James P. Poindexter Leads the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church

James Preston Poindexter (1819-1907) became pastor of Second Baptist Church in 1858 after Second Baptist and the Anti-Slavery church merged. He joined the Underground Railroad shortly after coming to Columbus with his wife, Adella, in 1838. He helped to drive the “passengers” along with other prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. A
James P. Poindexter Leads the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2009
2. James P. Poindexter Leads the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church Marker (Side B)
barber by trade, he was an articulate speaker and prolific writer, speaking out against slavery and discrimination in his many speeches. He became a member of the Columbus City Council, the Columbus Board of Education, the State Forestry Board of Directors, the Columbus Pastor's Union, an Ohio School for the Blind and Wilberforce University trustee, and a contributor to the Ohio State Journal. Poindexter received many honorary degrees and served Second Baptist Church for 40 years.
 
Erected by Friends of Freedom Society and Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
 
Location. 39° 58.134′ N, 82° 58.619′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on 17th Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 186 N. 17th Street, Columbus OH 43203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lincoln Theatre (approx. mile away); Mount Vernon Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Clair Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); King Lincoln District Arch (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
Reverend Ezekiel Fields image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2009
3. Reverend Ezekiel Fields
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Donn Vickers Gazebo in Thurber Park (approx. half a mile away); James Thurber (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  Second Baptist Church Columbus website. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Reverend James Preston Poindexter image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2009
4. Reverend James Preston Poindexter
Second Baptist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2009
5. Second Baptist Church and Marker
 
 
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