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Hepzibah in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

First Ebenezer Baptist Church

First Ebenezer Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, September 11, 2004
1. First Ebenezer Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  This congregation began when a handful of slaves gathered for services on the Rhodes Plantation in August 1812. In 1851 Absalom A. Rhodes sold a quarter acre of land here for two dollars to the deacon board of Ebenezer Baptist Church. The fifty-six-member congregation joined the Georgia Baptist Association in 1867. First Ebenezer's leadership in the Association was paramount in forming the Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, the first African-American convention. Two new congregations have sprung from First Ebenezer: Second Ebenezer Baptist Church and Spring Grove Baptist Church.
Erected 2003 by Georgia Historical Society and First Ebenezer Baptist Church. (Marker Number 121-7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
Location. 33° 19.307′ N, 82° 5.712′ W. Marker is in Hepzibah, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection
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of Windsor Spring Road and Ebenezer Drive, on the right when traveling north on Windsor Spring Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2040 Ebenezer Drive, Hephzibah GA 30815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hephzibah Methodist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Liberty Methodist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Author "The Young Marooners" (approx. 4.1 miles away); William Schley 1786 - 1858 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Spirit Creek Baptist Church (approx. 7 miles away); Twiggs Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Family Burying Ground on Good Hope Plantation (approx. 7.3 miles away); Carswell (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 25 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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