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Marion in Perry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Congregational Church of Marion

Established 1869

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, November 8, 2013
1. First Congregational Church of Marion Marker
Inscription. Organized in Lincoln School by freed slaves and representatives of the American Missionary Association, an auxiliary of the Congregational Churches of America. Wherever a school was operated by the A.M.A. a church soon followed. Religion and education were viewed as a means of improving the conditions of former slaves and as a solution for many problems. Through the years the church has been a strong advocate of freedom and justice for all.

In 1931 the Congregational and Christian Churches merged forming the Congregational Christian Church, which in 1957 joined with the Evangelical and Reformed Church to form the United Church of Christ.

This building was constructed by members and friends of the congregation in 1871 and is the oldest and most unaltered example of an early black church in Marion. The first pastor was the Rev. G.W. Andrews and T.C. Stewart was the architect and contractor.
National Register of Historical Places 12-17-1982

 
Erected 1986 by Alabama Historical Commission and the Congregation.
 
Location. 32° 37.657′ N, 87° 19.701′ W. Marker is in Marion, Alabama, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Clay Street and Church Street, on the left
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By Mark Hilton, November 8, 2013
2. First Congregational Church of Marion
when traveling west on Clay Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Clay Street, Marion AL 36756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Normal School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Siloam Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Marion Female Seminary (approx. 0.6 miles away); Marion Military Institute (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nicola Marschall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Perry County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Muckle's Ridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Alabama Baptist (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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