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Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Rice The Educator

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By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
1. Rice The Educator Marker
Inscription.  Luther Rice always considered himself primarily a missionary; his all-encompassing concern was missions; his persistent purpose was to facilitate mission advance. Only against this background of mission dedication was he an educator. For him education was but a means to forward the missionary enterprise.

Soon after Luther Rice returned to the United States from India, he was confronted by two areas of educational need: Baptist of America had no school to train missionary candidates, and poorly educated ministers often recognized no mission responsibility, faced with these hindrances to missionary progress, Rice seized upon every opportunities to plead with Baptist leaders for the establishment of a seminary or college for the training of missionaries and other ministers.

Largely at Rice's insistence the Triennial Convention of 1817 amended its constitution to establish a classical and theological seminary, in 1820 the Convention decided to found Columbian College, a National Baptist School at Washington. Luther Rice was the agent of the Triennial Convention to raise funds for the College as well as for missions.

Rice The Educator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
2. Rice The Educator Marker
Columbian College (now George Washington University) soon ran into financial difficulties and was finally lost from Baptist control, Baptists were awakened during this period to the importance of Christian education. The beginning of many Baptist colleges in the South can be traced to an interest in education stimulated by Luther Rice.

Because he was dedicated to God's purpose of winning the world unto himself, Rice was dedicated to the establishment of Christian education by Baptists.
Erected by First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
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Location. 39° 1.894′ N, 77° 1.307′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on University Boulevard West (Maryland Route 193) north of Eisner Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring MD 20901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luther Rice (here, next to this marker); Rice The Journalist (here, next to this marker); Rice The Organizer (here, next to this marker); Rice The Missionary (a few steps from this marker); Rachel Carson
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(approx. 0.8 miles away); Burnt Mills (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Rachel Carson Greenway (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fall Line and the Gorge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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May. 31, 2020