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“Mother” Midway A.M.E. Church

 
 
"Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
1. "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church Marker
Inscription. Midway A.M.E. Church was organized on Sunday, June 10, 1865, a few weeks after the Confederate Army in Floirda surrendered to the Union Army. It was thus the first black independent church organized in Florida. William G. Steward was sent to Florida by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and founded a church at Midway, a settlement east of Jacksonville, on his second day in the state. Mr. Steward appointed Brother G. B. Hill as the pastor of Midway Church before going on to organize congregations in middle Florida and in the panhandle section of the state. In later years Mr. Steward became involved in politics in Leon and Gadsden Counties and served a term in the Floirda Legislature. Midway Church is recognized as the "mother" of both the Florida Conference of the A.M.E. Church, organized in 1867 in Tallahassee, and of the East Florida Conference organized in Palatka in 1877. While the original church building is no longer standing, the congregation of "Mother" Midway has been in continuous existence since its founding.
 
Erected 1976 by African Methodist Episcopal Church of Foridain cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F- 260.)
 
Location. 30° 20.49′ N, 81° 38.479′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville
"Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church Marker, along Van Buren Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
2. "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church Marker, along Van Buren Street
, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Van Buren Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1462 Van Buren Street, Jacksonville FL 32206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mungen House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (approx. mile away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. one mile away); Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. one mile away); Florida's First African-American Insurance Company--1901-2001 (approx. one mile away); Seminole War Blockhouse Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
"Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church seen present day image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
3. "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church seen present day
present day Midway A.M.E. Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
4. present day Midway A.M.E. Church and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 536 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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