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Center Street C.M.E. Church / Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church Marker
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Center Street C.M.E. Church
Center Street C.M.E. was outgrowth of M.E. Church South. Became first of denomination in Louisville during early 1870s and hosted 3rd General C.M.E. Conference in 1874. Under leadership of Dr. L. H. Brown, church moved to present site in 1907 and became Chestnut St. C.M.E. Last known work of Gideon Shryock.

Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church
In May 1954 congregation renamed church Brown Memorial C. M. E. as tribute to Dr. Brown, minister. Two pastors became bishops: C. H. Phillips and C. L. Russell. Edifice built for Chestnut Street M. E. South, 1863-64. Architecture blends Romanesque and Greek Revival styles. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1979.
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Erected 1980 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1677.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitecture
Center Street C.M.E. Church / Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Center Street C.M.E. Church / Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church Marker
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Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church ⛪, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1954.
 
Location. 38° 14.991′ N, 85° 45.911′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on West Chestnut Street east of South 9th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 809 West Chestnut Street, Louisville KY 40203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. James Bond (1863-1929) / Early Leader and Educator (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Knights of Pythias Temple / Hub of Culture and History (about 600 feet away); The Good Shepherd Order (about 700 feet away); Louisville Western Branch Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Catholic High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Louisville and Nashville Railroad / L&N Expansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Brennan House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cathedral of the Assumption (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Celebrating Our History | Brown Memorial CME Church celebrates 160th anniversary. From the Courier Journal. Posted May 16, 2014. (Submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Mar. 9, 2021