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Near Gamaliel in Monroe County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Free-Town Church

 
 
Free-Town Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chad Comer, 2010
1. Free-Town Church Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1846 by freed slaves of William Howard, who gave them 400 acres on which to build homes, known since then as Free-Town. Albert Martin gave them the land for the church. No replacements of the original building material of this church, except for metal roof in place of old wooden one. The logs are held together by wooden pegs and chinked with clay.
 
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1347.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
 
Location. 36° 40.488′ N, 85° 47.946′ W. Marker is near Gamaliel, Kentucky, in Monroe County. Marker is on Fountain Run Road (State Highway 100), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gamaliel KY 42140, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker
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, measured as the crow flies. Gamaliel Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gamaliel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Anderson (approx. 3.9 miles away); James Chism (approx. 4 miles away); Back in the Woods (approx. 5.1 miles away); Truth Will Prevail (approx. 5.1 miles away); African Americans and Mill Creek, Baptist (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Meetinghouse (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gamaliel.
 
Regarding Free-Town Church. The Free-Town Church, also known as Mt. Vernon Church, was an African Methodist Episcopal church. Located on the church grounds is the Free-Town Church Cemetery, or Mount Vernon Cemetery, containing many of its congregation.
 
Also see . . .  Freetown Church Cemetery (Find-a-Grave). African Methodist Episcopal Church; Freetown Church Cemetery (a.k.a. Mt. Vernon Cemetery) (Submitted on April 16, 2019.) 
 
Additional keywords. Mt. Vernon Cemetery, African Methodist Emancipated, African Methodist Episcopal
 
Free-Town Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chad Comer, 2010
2. Free-Town Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on April 16, 2019, by C. R. Arterburn of Lexington, Kentucky. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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