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First African Baptist Church

 
 
First African Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 23, 2014
1. First African Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Tracing its roots to 1780 as the First Baptist Church, the First African Baptist Church was bought and organized by freedmen and slaves in 1841. The present building was erected on the same site in 1876. The establishment of First African Baptist Church led to the organization of other local black churches. In 1865, the site hosted the first Republican State Convention held in Virginia and Jefferson Davis's last speech as president of the Confederacy, and later a lecture by Booker T. Washington. The Rev. John Jasper, Henry “Box” Brown, and Maggie L. Walker were baptized at First African Baptist Church.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 106.)
 
Location. 37° 32.304′ N, 77° 25.771′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Broad Street (U.S. 250) and College Street, on the right when traveling west on East Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 College Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First African Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Monumental Church (within shouting
East Broad St & College St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 23, 2014
2. East Broad St & College St
distance of this marker); The Virginia Convention of 1788 (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Terrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Egyptian Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Philip's Way (about 300 feet away); St. Philip School of Nursing (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Egyptian Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
East Broad St & College St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 23, 2014
3. East Broad St & College St
First African Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 23, 2014
4. First African Baptist Church
The African Church, Richmond, Va. image. Click for full size.
1865
5. The African Church, Richmond, Va.
Library of Congress [LC-B8184-34915]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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