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Near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alabama Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Founded 1918

 
 
Alabama Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
1. Alabama Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Members of the Barbee family donated this plot of land for the purpose of a community school around 1915. Three years later, a storm damaged the building and the school was relocated to nearby Sampson's Chapel. The Barbee family then deeded the property to the Huntsville Presbytery Colored, whose members repaired the building and established it as the Alabama Fork Colored Presbyterian Church. With a congregation devoted to their Christian faith and civic responsibilities, Alabama Fork served an important community role. The church hosted revivals and ministered to the sick and poor in Limestone County. During the 1950s and 1960s, the church sponsored cultural and community events at nearby Trinity High School, founded in 1865 by the American Missionary Association.

Members of Alabama Fork worked throughout the 1970s to construct a new sanctuary, a task they accomplished themselves, debt free, by the end of the decade. Former pastors include John Swoope, Walter Crutcher, Oscar Edmonds, and Anthony Fletcher. The Alabama Synod redrew its district lines in the 1980s, placing Alabama Fork in the Tennessee Valley Presbytery.
 
Erected
Alabama Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
2. Alabama Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church Marker
2018 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion.
 
Location. 34° 51.103′ N, 86° 58.461′ W. Marker is near Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is at the intersection of Cross Key Road (County Road 26) and Elkmont Road (State Highway 127), on the right when traveling south on Cross Key Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19801 Cross Key Road, Athens AL 35614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Athens College (approx. 3.2 miles away); Athens College Veteran's Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Scenes From Hobbs & Market Streets (approx. 3.3 miles away); Governor George S. Houston Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); North Side of Square (approx. 3.3 miles away); Faces of Market Street (approx. 3.4 miles away); A County Older Than the State (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .  Our History. History of the church posted on its website. (Submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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