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Third Baptist Church

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
1. Third Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Alexandria, occupied by Union troops in 1861, attracted many African Americans escaping slavery. In Jan. 1864, a group of formerly enslaved people organized Third Freedmen's Baptist Church (later Third Baptist Church). The congregation moved to this site in 1865 and built its Romanesque Revival sanctuary in the 1890s. The church's first minister was the Rev. George Washington Parker (ca. 1832-1873), who had been free before the Civil War. He worked with the Rev. Clement Robinson to start the First Select Colored School in 1862, was a local Republican Party leader during Reconstruction and was the first African American member of the Alexandria Common Council.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 147.)
 
Location. 38° 48.537′ N, 77° 2.956′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Princess Street just east of North Patrick Street (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 917 Princess Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
2. Third Baptist Church
Meade Memorial Episcopal Church Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colross-Alexandria's Urban Phoenix (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of Immanuel Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Edmund Jennings Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexandria Library Sit-In (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lloyd House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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