Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Union Baptist Church / Founders of Union Baptist Church
Union Baptist Church
Organized in 1869 as the Old Landmark Baptist Church by Rev. Henry McCrea and the following survivors of the slave ship, Clotilda: Pollee Allen, Rose Allen, Katie Cooper, Anna Keeby, Ossa Keeby, Josephina Lee, Peter Lee, Charles Lewis, Celia Lewis, Cudjo Lewis, Zuma Livingstone, and Clara Turner. The first pastor was Henry Watson. The Church evolved from historic Stone Street Baptist Church and was built on the location known as the Praying Ground. In 1903, it was renamed Union Baptist Church, a sanctuary was constructed in 1918 and served as the first school for Magazine Point, presently known as Africa Town. Final renovation was in 1955. The African roots continue to nourish the spirit of this community.
Founders of Union Baptist Church
American Name Original African Name Origin
Allen, Pollee Pollee/Kupollee Yoruba
Cooper, Katie Monabee/Omalabi Yoruba
Keeby, Ossa Hausa
Lee, Peter Gumpa Fon
Lewis, Celia Abila/Abile Yoruba
Lewis, Charles Oloualay/Oluale Yoruba
Lewis, Cudjo Kazoola/Kossola Yoruba
Livingston, Zuma Ar-Zuma Nupe
Turner, Clara Abache Yoruba
Location. 30° 43.921′ N, 88° 3.597′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay Bridge Road (Alternate U.S. 90) and Bay Bridge Cutoff Road, on the right when traveling west on Bay Bridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 Bay Bridge Road, Mobile AL 36610, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cudjoe “Kazoola” Lewis (here, next to this marker); Old Plateau Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gen. William C. Gorgas (approx. 1.9 miles away); Vernon Z. Crawford Law Firm (approx. 2.2 miles away); Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd / Founding Members (approx. 2.2 miles away); Christopher First Johnson House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Dunbar/Central High School (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 476 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.