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Covington in Tipton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church History

Organized in 1868

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 25, 2022
1. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church History Marker
Inscription.  
Canaan Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1868, two miles northwest of Covington on Leighs Chapel Road under a bush arbor. In 1875, the 1st small frame building was erected on what is now known as North Main Street.

In 1885, a larger frame building was purchased from the white Baptist Congregation also on Main Street. It was nearer to the town square on the site of the present building. In 1919, the 2nd frame church was torn down and this brick building, in which we now worship, was finished in 1923. The building was modernized with electric lights, indoor plumbing, kitchen, balcony, baptism pool and floor furnace, starting 1934 through 1966. In 1988, the Fellowship Hall was added with classrooms, additional restrooms and a larger kitchen.

In 1999, Canaan was added to the National Registrar [sic] of Historic Places. It is the only Black church in Tipton County to have this distinguished honor.
 
Erected 2021 by Canaan Missionary Baptist Church.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Churches & ReligionCivil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 35° 33.957′ N, 89° 38.779′ W. Marker is in Covington, Tennessee, in Tipton County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Valley Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 N Main St, Covington TN 38019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Hayes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Lindo (about 500 feet away); Tipton County in the Civil War (about 800 feet away); Tipton County Confederate Monument (about 800 feet away); Frances Boyd Calhoun (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Goode (approx. ¼ mile away); Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
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2. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church
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Canaan Missionary Baptist Church History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 25, 2022
3. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church History Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on June 28, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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