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Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church

 

The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail

 
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By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
1. Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church developed out of the Tuskegee Baptist Church, originally organized in 1842. Although both whites and blacks (slaves) initially worshipped at the same location, the white congregants built a new facility in 1858, leaving the blacks to worship in the existing structure. In 1872. the black congregation moved to a new location at Olive Hill, located approximately where the Tuskegee Fire Department now stands. In 1912, they relocated to the present site. Seven years later, 1919, a new facility was constructed and modeled after Tuskegee University's first chapel. Deacon C.H. Evans, head of Tuskegee University's Building Construction Department, along with Tuskegee students built the basic structure, a scaled-down version of the Tuskegee chapel. Mount Olive was remodeled with a brick-veneer and three-story annex in the 1950s. During the civil rights movement, the church held mass meetings for the Tuskegee Civic Association. Many important civil rights pioneers were members and are listed on the reverse.

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Mt. Olive is the oldest black Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee, AL. Churches that

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
2. Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Marker (reverse)
grew out of Mt. Olive were Mt. Pleasant (1870), Greater St. Mark (1880), Bethel (1882), and Friendship Missionary Baptist Churches (1902).

Mt. Olives past has been filled with many outstanding pastors, members, and leaders. It is significant to note that Booker T. Washington, founder of Tuskegee University, was among its outstanding members. Mt. Olive's notable members also include:
1963, Detroit Lee, father of Anthony Lee, chief protagonist in pivotal court case Lee vs Macon County Alabama Board of Education
1967, Lucius Amerson, first black Sheriff (Macon County, Alabama) in the South since Reconstruction
1972, Johnny Ford, first black Mayor (Tuskegee, Alabama)
1981. Ora Manning, first black female Interim Superintendent of Macon County, Alabama
1986, Amelia Peterson, first black female appointed City Council member (Tuskegee, Alabama)
1994, Grethelyn Averhart, first black female Chief of Police (Tuskegee, Alabama)
 
Erected 2019 by City Of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers, and the Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail, Alabama marker series.
 
Location.

The Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church & marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
3. The Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church & marker.
32° 25.879′ N, 85° 41.18′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on Cedar Street south of Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Cedar Street, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Macon County Legal Milestone (approx. half a mile away); Macon County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (approx. 0.6 miles away); 119 Westside Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Trade With Your Friends" (approx. 0.6 miles away); William P. Mitchell (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tuskegee High School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Also see . . .  History of Church from its' website. (Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights
 
Dedication program and associated map of trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
4. Dedication program and associated map of trail.
All thirteen new markers were dedicated on September 20th, 2019 at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.

Please note #1 on the map, Amelia Boynton Robinson marker is actually on Franklin Road, NNW of Tuskegee University, near Boy Scout Circle.

 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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