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Fosters in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama

 
 
Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
1. Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker (side A)
Inscription.  Grant's Creek Baptist Church was constituted April 5, 1828, with Rev. Medey White and Robert Marsh (the first pastor) as presbytery. Lewis Stovall was first Church clerk, and James Foster was ordained as the first deacon. The Grant's Creek Sunday School Union was organized Dec. 1827, as the oldest Sunday school in Alabama. In 1832, a building was constructed by member John W. Bealle for $500 which served the Church until 1968, when the present building replaced it. In August 1833, the Baptist State Convention met here and took action leading to the founding of Howard (now Samford) and Judson Colleges.

Four sons of Col. John and Elizabeth Savidge Foster – James, Hardy, Robert S., and John L.S. – settled here beginning in 1818, with their mother and sisters Martha and Elizabeth following. Their families formed the nucleus of a model community in the new state, nurtured and influenced primarily by this church. John Collier Foster was pastor from 1845 to his 1892 death. Martha Foster Crawford (1830-1909) was a missionary to China for 50 years. In 1873, renowned Baptist missionary Lottie Moon arrived in China and stayed in the home of
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the Crawfords. Henry Bacon Foster (1863-1939), the son of Rev. Joshua Hill Foster, was circuit judge, state legislator, University trustee, moderator of the Co. Baptist Assn., and author of its history.
 
Erected 1996 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 33° 5.773′ N, 87° 42.336′ W. Marker is in Fosters, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on Grants Creek Church Road, 0.1 miles north of Gainsville Road (County Route 51), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13394 Grants Creek Church Rd, Fosters AL 35463, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Running Skirmish at Romulus (approx. 4˝ miles away); Romulus, Alabama (approx. 4˝ miles away); Bethel Baptist Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Protection and the Palisade (approx. 7.2 miles away); The CCC and Moundville (approx. 7.4 miles away); Mound Arrangement (approx. 7˝ miles away); A Perspective of Power (approx. 7˝ miles away); Politics and Power (approx. 7˝ miles away).
 
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Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
2. Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker (side B)
 History. Grant’s Creek Baptist Church has one of the oldest and most storied histories of any Baptist church in the state of Alabama. (Grant’s Creek Baptist Church) (Submitted on August 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
3. Grant's Creek Baptist Church / Fosters, Alabama Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 271 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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