Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
This site housed the first Black congregation west of the Alleghenies
The Church became the first black congregation west of the Allegheny Mountains and was the third-oldest black congregation in the U.S.
Spiritual and social places
For the black community, churches served as larger cultural centers, providing educational, economic, and entertainment opportunities.
During the 1960s, churches were meeting places for planning during the civil rights movement.
Caption (right): Next to family, churches were the most important Institution for Lexington's African Americans. Black solidarity was strengthened through the equality of worship and control over these congregations.
Erected by City of Lexington. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 East Short Street, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mammoth Insurance Co. / Polk's Infirmary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic LGBTQ Site (about 600 feet away); Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jeffrey Wasson (about 700 feet away); Fairness Ordinance (approx. 0.2 miles away); A. B. Hancock Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); George M. Humphrey (approx. 0.2 miles away); George D. Widener (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Woodward, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . Asset Detail | First African Baptist Church (PDF). National Register of Historic Places inventory-nomination form and photographs. (Submitted on March 31, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.