Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Original Site of Lakeside United Methodist Church
The Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church purchased this property in 1866, and the congregation erected a frame building with a brick basement in 1867. The Rev. Howell Echols was the first pastor. In 1886, a brick building, constructed from dismantled materials from the original Episcopal Church of the Nativity, was dedicated. The property was sold during urban renewal in the 1960's, and the congregation moved to 3738 Meridian Street in 1968. The building on this site was destroyed by fire, and many items, including church records, stained glass windows, cornerstones, and a chandelier, were lost.
For more than a century at this site, Lakeside provided educational, political, and cultural leaders for Huntsville. The first city-supported school for blacks was located in the basement (1867-1890), with Henry C. Binford, Charles Hendley, Jr., and Thomas Cooper as principals. Six of the nine black Aldermen in Huntsville from 1880-1905 were members of the church: Thomas Townsend, Nelson Hendley, David and Daniel Brandon, Dr. Burgess E. Scruggs, and Henry C. Binford . Mary Binford Jordan began the Annual Harvest Cultural Festival in 1901 in the basement and the first public library for blacks was opened there in 1940 by Dulcina DeBerry.
Location. 34° 43.987′ N, 86° 35.286′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street N and Meridan Street NW, on the right when traveling east on Jefferson Street N. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Mary's Church of the Visitation (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Fountains (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War I (about 500 feet away); World War II (about 500 feet away); Korean War (about 500 feet away); Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boyhood Home Site (about 500 feet away); Vietnam War (about 500 feet away); Global War on Terrorism (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
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