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Near McKinley in Marengo County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
1. Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Following the Civil War and emancipation, newly freed African Americans, who had worshiped in the Bethel Church in McKinley while enslaved, established their own Bethel Church in a wooden house at the rear of the current church site. In the mid-1880s, this black Bethel Church became Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth Borden deeded five acres of land to the church in 1894, and Rev. J.A. Lawson led the effort to erect a new building the same year. The structure was bricked during the pastorate of I.C. Acoff in 1936. Until the mid 1950s, McKinley School for African American elementary grade students was attached to the church. Original members of the church are buried in the church yard cemetery.
 
Erected 2011 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 17.984′ N, 87° 32.107′ W. Marker is near McKinley, Alabama, in Marengo County. Marker is on Bee Lane (County Road 38) 0.1 miles east of County Road 63, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3005 County Road 38, Thomaston AL 36783, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethel Baptist Church & Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of the Town of Thomaston
Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
2. Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church
(approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Michael's Episcopal Churchyard (approx. 10.4 miles away); St. Michael's Cemetery (approx. 10.4 miles away); Church of the Holy Cross (approx. 10.5 miles away); Green Gables (approx. 10.6 miles away); Prairie Mission (approx. 12.4 miles away); Postal Routes of 1820 (approx. 14.4 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Land for this church provided by Bethel Baptist Church nearby.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Education
 
Church Cornerstones image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
3. Church Cornerstones
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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