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First Baptist Church, Lauderdale

 
 
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By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
1. First Baptist Church, Lauderdale Marker
Inscription.
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Originally known as Beale Street Baptists Church First Baptist Church, Lauderdale began in 1865 as the first black Baptist church in West Tennessee. In 1877, it split from Beale Street Baptists. Through a legal action in 1894, it was authorized to retain the original 1865 charter and status as the First Baptist Church. The first pastor, the Rev. Morris Henderson, focused on education, ethics, and racial harmony.

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Later, Dr. T.O. Fuller served as pastor. An educator, author, and advocator of racial adjustment, he organized the Inter-Racial League. In 1939, church officials utilized windows from its 1906 building when they relocated to this post-civil war site. Officially renamed in 1954 as First Baptist Church, Lauderdale. during the 1950s and 1960s civil rights leaders used the church to develop movement strategies.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 155.)
 
Location. 35° 7.72′ N, 90° 2.662′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Lauderdale and Mississippi Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on Lauderdale. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 682. S. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38126, Memphis TN 38126, United States of America.
 
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By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
2. First Baptist Church, Lauderdale Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home (a few steps from this marker); Booker T. Washington High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucie Eddie Campbell (about 400 feet away); The Mount Nebo Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (approx. 0.6 miles away); Universal Life Insurance Building/Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mason Temple (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  First Baptist Church Lauderdale. (Submitted on September 25, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
First Baptist Church, Lauderdale image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
3. First Baptist Church, Lauderdale
First Baptist Church, Lauderdale image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
4. First Baptist Church, Lauderdale
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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