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Alfred Street Baptist Church

 
 
Alfred Street Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
1. Alfred Street Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Alfred Street Baptist Church is home to the oldest African American congregation in Alexandria, dating to the early 19th century. It has served as a prominent religious, educational, and cultural institution. In 1818, the congregation, then known as the Colored Baptist Society, began worship services here in the midst of the Bottoms, a free black neighborhood. By 1820 the church created its educational branch, providing religious and secular opportunities for both black children and adults. In 1855, free black craftsmen probably designed and built the brick church. Alterations to the building occurred in the 1880s and in 1994 the church constructed a new sanctuary.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-124.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 38° 48.179′ N, 77° 2.99′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Alfred Street
Alfred Street Baptist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
2. Alfred Street Baptist Church and Marker
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and Duke Street (Virginia Route 236), on the right when traveling south on Alfred Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Alfred 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. Bayne-Fowle House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swann-Daingerfield House (about 600 feet away); The Patton-Fowle House (about 700 feet away); The Lyceum (about 700 feet away); Beulah Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Friendship Fire Company (about 700 feet away); Friendship Firehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans' Memorial Walkway (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Virginia African American Heritage. (Submitted on December 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Alfred Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
3. Alfred Street Baptist Church
Alfred Street Baptist Church, south wing - the "Old Church" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 23, 2008
4. Alfred Street Baptist Church, south wing - the "Old Church"
Cornerstone on the church building image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 24, 2019
5. Cornerstone on the church building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,631 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on December 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on March 24, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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