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Near Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Mt. Nebo Church

Blackstone, Virginia

— Nottoway County —

Mt. Nebo Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
1. Mt. Nebo Church Marker
Mt. Nebo Church was founded shortly after the Civil War, in 1867. A Northerner named Mr. Rickets bought this place in the woods, then called Oak Hill, and began preaching to a group of African American. The audience increased as people from the surrounding communities came to hear him. They built a brush arbor under which to worship. As the crowd grew, Mr. Rickets gave the congregation one acre of land on which they built a log church and named it Mt. Nebo.

P.F. Fitzgerald, a young man who was born in Mississippi and sold as an enslaved person in Virginia, told the Mt. Nebo congregation that if they would pay for his education, he would come and preach to them for the rest of his life. The congregation found the money for his education, and the young man kept his promise. The Rev. P.F. Fitzgerald became the first pastor of Mt. Nebo. People came from near and far to join Mt. Nebo, and the need arose for a new church building to accommodate them all. A march was held in which everyone was asked to give 25 cents, and the new structure was built with these funds.

The congregation continued to grow, a Sunday school
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was organized, and again the need for a new church building became apparent. A third structure was built and remains standing today. In 1967 Mt. Nebo celebrated its centennial. The congregation worshiped in its third building until 1978, when they moved to the new edifice across the road. Also located across the road were Mt. Nebo schoolhouses. The last standing structure, a two-room schoolhouse, stood until the 1970s.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. (Marker Number NT2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 37° 6.748′ N, 78° 2.102′ W. Marker is near Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is on Mt. Nebo Road, 0.4 miles north of Walnut Hill Road (Virginia Route 726), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 476 Mt Nebo Rd, Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Nottoway (approx. half a mile away); Nottoway Court House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Nottoway Confederate Soldiers Monument
Mt. Nebo Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
2. Mt. Nebo Church Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Blackstone College (approx. 2.8 miles away); Blackstone Female Institute (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dodge Brothers Dealership (approx. 3 miles away); The Blackstone Hotel (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jun. 8, 2023