Brusly in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Union Baptist Church
Oral tradition recounts a visit by an African American gospel preacher in 1804. He preached the Baptist Christian Doctrine for the first time in West Baton Rouge near the foot of the levee where present day Gwin St. would have met the river. Thus was established a foundation for the Baptist faith in the Brusly community. Union Baptist Church continued to build on this foundation with its organization, circa 1868. In 1883, Reverend Hannibal Williams constructed a wooden church. 1904 saw its first renovation and laying of a cornerstone. The building was designed in the gothic style with pointed arch windows and wood siding. The front entry was located in the bell tower, and the bell tower was topped with a tall steeple. Various expansions and renovations have occurred over the years. A yard baptismal pool was constructed in the 1950s and later moved indoors. The exterior was bricked and a new cornerstone laid in 1962. The church has ministered to its congregation and the community with spiritual, educational and civic outreach programs. In May 2008, the Town of Brusly designated Union Baptist Church as a community landmark.
Location. 30° 23.225′ N, 91° 14.17′ W. Marker is in Brusly, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 743 Gwin Street, Brusly LA 70719, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Molaisonville / St. James Square (about 700 feet away); St. John the Baptist Catholic Church/Eglise Catholique St Jean Baptiste (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Brusly High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brusly, Louisiana (approx. half a mile away); New Brusly Town Hall Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Open Sugar Kettles (approx. half a mile away); Charles P. Adams (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brusly.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion •
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