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Wilmington in New Hanover County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Grace Methodist Church

Organized December 24, 1797

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, February 23, 2010
1. Grace Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. Since that date four sanctuaries have burned, 1803–1843–1886–1947. Present imposing and lovely church was dedicated to the glory of God and service to mankind May 15, 1955. Body of Reverend Wm. Meredith, founder of Methodism in Wilmington, rests beneath the altar.

Bishop Francis Asbury preached here January 1813.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 34° 14.355′ N, 77° 56.688′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, North Carolina, in New Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Grace Street and North 4th Street, on the left when traveling east on Grace Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Grace Street, Wilmington NC 28401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Powell - Yopp House (within shouting distance of this marker); William G. Craig House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mark’s (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John A. Winslow (about 700 feet away); Thomas F. Wood (about 700 feet away); Thomas F. Price
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By J. J. Prats, February 23, 2010
2. Grace Methodist Church Marker
(about 800 feet away); St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); St. Stephen A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .  History of Grace United Methodist Church. “Around 1795, William Meredith, formerly a missionary from Great Britain, came to Wilmington to preach to the slaves. He bought land and built a small meeting house. When it burned, he led his members in building another church at the corner of Second and Walnut Streets. In Meredith’s will, dated 1799, the church and parsonage were deeded to Bishop Francis Asbury for the continuance of a Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington. While many of the early members were slaves, community leaders were also attracted by the Gospel preached here. Membership increased and additional property was purchased, extending church holdings to Front Street. In 1815 Bishop Asbury ordered the church rebuilt and the parsonage enlarged.” (Submitted on March 21, 2010.) 
 
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By J. J. Prats, February 23, 2010
3. Grace Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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