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Newbern in Hale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Newbern Presbyterian Church

 
 
Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
1. Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker (side A)
Inscription.  Organized November 16, 1844 under Presbytery of South Alabama by the Rev. Thomas Witherspoon and 21 charter members.

Petition to Presbytery signed by T. A. Borden, Anne Borden, Wm. Ervin, Eliza Ervin, Mrs. Rebeccah Hanna, A. & S. Hardin, Mrs. Martha Jenkins. Names of Croom, Tinker, Mendow, Pearce and Huckabee also among charter members.

Two women served on early Board of Elders contrary to Presbyterian rules of order. (See other side also)

Organized 1844 by North Carolinians who settled area in 1830's.

Built in 1848, church typifies rural church architecture of “Old South.” Building stands in near-original form: hand-hewn lumber joined with wooden pegs.

Early membership included slaves who sat on benches flanking pulpit.

Church always without resident minister but has monthly service, active church life.
 
Erected 1964 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
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. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 16, 1844.
 
Location. 32° 35.613′ N, 87° 31.975′ W. Marker is in Newbern, Alabama, in Hale County. Marker is at the intersection of Alabama Route 61 and Cemetery Street, on the right when traveling north on State Route 61. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newbern AL 36765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hobson Bethel Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newbern Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); The Alabama Baptist State Convention (approx. 7.8 miles away); Southern University (approx. 7.9 miles away); “Glencairn” (approx. 8.3 miles away); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (approx. 8.4 miles away); Greensboro Presbyterian Church (approx. 8˝ miles away); Gayle - Tunstall House (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newbern.
 
Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
2. Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker (side B)
Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
3. Newbern Presbyterian Church Marker
Newbern Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 6, 2022
4. Newbern Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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