Eatonville in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Missionary Baptist Church
In 1941, the church members constructed a larger building on the east side of Calhoun and Eatonville Road. Over the years, members of the church made various additions and repairs. In 1972, the church hired a contractor to construct a new church building. The current church was built in 1994 at a cost of $1.25 million. The old sanctuary, named the Peter L. Lias Hall in memory of a former pastor, is connected to the new building which contains worship space for 1,000 people, administrative offices, dining and fellowship facilities,
"I tumbled right into the Missionary Baptist Church when I was born. I saw the preachers and the pulpits, the people and the pews…From the pews I heard a ready acceptance of all that Papa said. Feet beneath the pews beat out a rhythm as he pictured the scenery of heaven. Heads nodded with conviction in time to Papa's words. Tense snatches of tune broke out and some shouted until they fell into a trance at the recognition of what they heard from the pulpit.”
—Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church building was the first to be constructed by a professional contractor. Completed in 1974, it served as a worship space for a growing congregation until the new church was built in 1994.
This photograph is a reconstruction of a portrait of the Rev. John Hurston and Lucy Potts Hurston. Rev. Hurston, the father of Zora Neale Hurston was the second pastor of Macedonia.
This is the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church structure which its members built on the east side of Calhoun and Eatonville Road, c. 1945
Erected by The Town of Eatonville Community Redevelopment Agency. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 28° 37.111′ N, 81° 22.73′ W. Marker is in Eatonville, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kennedy Boulevard and North Calhoun Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Kennedy Boulevard. Marker is located near the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 E Kennedy Blvd, Maitland FL 32751, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hurston and Joe Clark’s (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Lawrence African Methodist Church and the Mosley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matilda Mosley Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moseley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eatonville, Florida (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mack’s Auto Repair Garage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eatonville Water Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eatonville.
Also see . . . Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. (Submitted on April 28, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.