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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Historic John the Baptist Church

 
 
Historic John the Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
1. Historic John the Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. This is the site of John the Baptist Church, one of the oldest Baptist Churches in Pensacola. In 1846 the First Baptist Colored Church of Pensacola, known today as Historic John the Baptist Church, was organized in the Seville Square community. The church served black and white Baptists until the Civil War (1861-1865). Retreating and invading armies threatened to burn Pensacola, causing all residents except 72 white and 10 black people to relocate to Alabama. During the war, African-American Baptists kept this, the only Protestant church in Pensacola open. After the war, a dispute arose between black and white Baptists regarding the church property. In 1866, black Baptists wrote a letter to the Freedmenís Bureau explaining that the black Baptists purchased the property and “upon it erected a place of worship.” The letter also explained that the property had always been in use of the congregation and that since the war others claimed control of it. In 1870, the black congregations relocated, under the leadership of Rev. Robert Ahrens (c. 1833-1925), to this site in the Hawkshaw community. The Seville Square church housed a Freedmenís Bureau school and the church at Hawkshaw housed a school for children and adults.
 
Erected 2010 by the Congregation of the Historic John the Baptist Church
Historic John the Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
2. Historic John the Baptist Church
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-692.)
 
Location. 30° 24.938′ N, 87° 12.241′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of North 10th Avenue and East Salamanca Street, on the right when traveling south on North 10th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North 10th Avenue, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hawkshaw (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stephen R. Mallory (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Innerarity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ebenezer Dorr (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eugenio Antonio Sierra (approx. 0.3 miles away); Don Manuel Gonzalez (approx. 0.3 miles away); P.K. Yonge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jose Noriega (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Also see . . .  John the Baptist Church History. (Submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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