“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
December 27, 2016
1. Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. According to tradition, the earliest congregation, which would become the Bethlehem Baptist Church, was organized circa 1863 by Samuel K. Taylor, a former slave, who preached in the homes of the African-American residents of Gum Springs. Shortly after the Civil War ended the first building was used as both a house of worship and school. The cornerstone was laid for a new church in April 1884. Third and fourth edifices were built respectively in 1930 and 1993. The church grew with the African-American community and continues to be an important center of religious activity in Gum Springs.
Erected 2014 by The Fairfax County History Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
Location. 38° 44.639′ N, 77° 4.859′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fordson Road north of Sherwood Hall Lane (Virginia Route 626), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7836 Fordson Road, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
December 27, 2016
2. Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker
. Gum Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); US Route 1 Wall of Aviation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hybla Valley Airport (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Mount Vernon High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Huntley (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Huntley (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 1.7 miles away); Beacon Field Airport (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. Although the marker is dated 2013 it was installed in 2014.
Also see . . .  History. Bethlehem Baptist Church website. (Submitted on January 1, 2017.) 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & Religion
Bethlehem Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
December 27, 2016
3. Bethlehem Baptist Church
This brick structure next to the modern edifice was dedicated on the first Sunday in October 1930.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2017. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2017. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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