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Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church

 
 
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
1. Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  The Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza is built on the corner of First and Greene Streets where the prominent Sycamore Hill Baptist Church once stood. The Plaza commemorates the history of the African American community located Downtown in the area between the Tar River and 4th Street to the south including the Town Common and from Greene Street to Reade Street east.

Founded in the winter of 1860, the initial congregation of 22 members met at the home of Sister Ruth Armond on North Greene Street. In 1865, after the Civil War and 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, the founding members emerged and publicly established a physical home for the church, which was known as the "African Baptist Church" until the 1880's. Because of the presence of sycamore trees on the property, Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church was then chosen as its name. Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church was the most significant institution in the community. The church was the center of religious, social, political, and economic activity for more than 100 years on this site.

The congregation relocated twice, and the current
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church is located at 1001 Hooker Road in Greenville.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 35° 36.94′ N, 77° 22.403′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is at the intersection of West First Street and North Greene Street, on the right when traveling west on West First Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 W 1st St, Greenville NC 27858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Neighborhood Unity and Community Pride (a few steps from this marker); United in Faith (a few steps from this marker); Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Common & Urban Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Pitt County Supreme Sacrifice and Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas J. Jarvis (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  African American Cultural Trail. Greenville-Pitt County (Submitted on November 12, 2021.) 
 
Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
2. Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Circa 1961 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
3. Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Circa 1961
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Circa 1967 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
4. Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church Circa 1967
The burned shell of the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church in February of 1969 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
5. The burned shell of the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church in February of 1969
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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