“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

First Baptist Church Convention

First Baptist Church Convention Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. First Baptist Church Convention Marker
On this site May 8, 1845
The Southern Baptist Convention
was organized
by 327 delegates from the states of
Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisana, Kentucky and District of Columbia.
The following officers were elected:
Rev. Wm. B. Johnson of Edgefield S.C. President
Talson Lumpton, Ga J.B. Taylor, Va.
Vice presidents
Jesse Hartwell, Ala. James C. Crane, Va.
The Rev. W.T. Brantey, Sr. was Pastor of the Church
This tablet was presented at the Centennial of the Convention

First Baptist Church
Begun March 25,1817, under the leadership of Jesse Green as "the Baptist Preying Society of Augusta." Constituted May 1817 at Richmond County Courthouse. Wm. T. Brantly, Sr., was first pastor holding first services in Chapel of Richmond Academy which he headed. Lot purchased corner of Green and Jackson Streets; first building dedicated May 6,1821; remodeled 1847, and razed in 1899 for
First Baptist Church Convention Marker, curb view on 8th St. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. First Baptist Church Convention Marker, curb view on 8th St.
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new building on same site, 1902. Congregation moved to Walton Way at Jackson Rd: New building dedicated 1983. The tablet above was attached to the 1902 building

[Marker Reverse]:
Southern Baptist Convention
Organized at this site, May 8-12,1845. The Southern Baptist Convention began with 4,126 affiliated churches which reported 351,951 members by 1963. The Convention had expanded into all 50 states, the largest non-Catholic denomination in the United States. The Convention's 36,531 affiliated churches in 1983 reported 14,185,451 members, 394,606 Baptisms. 7,815,443 enrolled in Sunday School, $3,165,237,965 total gifts including $529,283,289 to missions beginning with two mission boards (home and foreign). The Convention now conducts its worldwide Ministry of Missions, Education, Evangelism and Service through 20 National Agencies.

Erected in 1984 by
Exective Committee, SBC
Historical Commission, SBC
First Baptist Church, Augusta

Erected 1984 by Exective Committee, SBC, Historical Commission, SBC, First Baptist Church, Augusta.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is March 25, 1874.
Location. 33° 28.402′ 
First Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud
3. First Baptist Church
N, 81° 57.998′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Greene Street and 8th Street, in the median on Greene Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Samuel Hammond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Early Augusta Churches (about 300 feet away); Church Of The Most Holy Trinity (about 600 feet away); The Veterans of 1898-1902 (about 600 feet away); 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division (about 600 feet away); William Bartram Visited Augusta, 1773. (about 700 feet away); The Rotary Club of Augusta (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,182 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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