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Near Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bethsalem Presbyterian Church

 
 
Bethsalem Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 24, 2021
1. Bethsalem Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  In August 1866, the Bethsalem Presbyterian Church was the first African-American church organized in the area of McMinn, Meigs, and Polk counties. The church had its start in a brush arbor until the congregation built a log cabin which served as a church on Sundays and a school during the week. In the 1920s the building burned and was rebuilt by friends and neighbors. During the month of August. this building is used by the members to celebrate their annual homecoming.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 90.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1866.
 
Location. 35° 23.461′ N, 84° 34.147′ W. Marker is near Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is on Arbin Watson Road (County Road 602) 0.2 miles west of David W. Lillard Memorial Highway (State Route 30), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker
Bethsalem Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 24, 2021
2. Bethsalem Presbyterian Church Marker
The church (background) was built in 1920.
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is at or near this postal address: 141 Arbin Watson Road, Athens TN 37303, 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. The Tennessee Overhill Experience (here, next to this marker); Lt. Charles R. Ware, USN (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bus Station (approx. 3.7 miles away); Crawford Corner (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cleage Corner (approx. 3.8 miles away); Rice House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Boyd House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Evans Building (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .
1. Asset Detail | Beth Salem Presbyterian Church. National Register of Historic Places registration (PDF) and accompanying photographs (PDF). (Submitted on July 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Beth Salem Presbyterian Church. Tennessee Encyclopedia entry by Anne-Leslie Owens. (Submitted on July 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Bethsalem Presbyterian Church — Additional Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 24, 2021
3. Bethsalem Presbyterian Church — Additional Marker
This monument, erected in 1928, lists the church's organizers and first trustees.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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