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Arlington in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gray's Creek Baptist Church

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 21, 2014
1. Gray's Creek Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  This church is Shelby County's oldest African American congregation. It was founded by two free men of color, preachers Simon Price and Joseph "Free Joe" Harris, and numerous slaves, right after its former occupant, a white congregation, vacated the premises around 1840. Historical evidence indicates that the elder Price was the congregation's first pastor. The Baptists, in 1843, adopted the name Gray's Creek, after the then name of the road on which it is located. This church also served as a school for African Americans, beginning right after slavery ended in 1865, and continuing until the establishment of county schools in 1918.
 
Erected 2011 by Descendants of the Founders, and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion.
 
Location. 35° 12.702′ N, 89° 40.866′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Inglewood Place just north of U.S. 64. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington TN 38002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Don Morfe, April 21, 2014
2. Gray's Creek Baptist Church Marker
within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stagecoach Inn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chambers Chapel United Methodist Church / Chambers Chapel Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Memphis's Civil War Sites (approx. 3.7 miles away); Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston (approx. 4˝ miles away); Arlington, Tennessee (approx. 5.2 miles away); Arlington Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hughes-College Hill Park (approx. 5˝ miles away); Arlington, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Gray's Creek Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 21, 2014
3. Gray's Creek Baptist Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on April 15, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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