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

St. John Baptist Church

 
 
St. John Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Curtis Wise, December 23, 2020
1. St. John Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  St. John Baptist Church was founded in 1868 by the Rev. George J. Mosby and several persons formerly enslaved. After several relocations, the Rev. Alexander McEwen Williams, a former member of the National Baptist Convention's Sunday School Publishing Board, Dr. Ransom Q. Venson, founder of the Cotton Makers' Jubilee (an event of pride and protest against Jim Crow segregation), and the members opened the doors at current location on May 10, 1953. Notable member WDIA's Rufus Thomas. America's "oldest teenager" and co-worker, Nat D. Williams, the first Black disc jockey in the South, taught Sunday School here and was a history teacher and mentor.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 184.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCommunicationsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 8.067′ N, 90° 2.413′ 
St. John Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Curtis Wise, December 23, 2020
2. St. John Baptist Church Marker
W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Vance Avenue and S Orleans Street, on the right when traveling west on Vance Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 640 Vance Ave, Memphis TN 38126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Owen College (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mount Nebo Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hunt-Phelan Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Universal Life Insurance Building / Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2021, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A photo of the church building. • Can you help?
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