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Pilgrim Baptist Church / A Beacon of Light for Over a Hundred Years

 
 
Pilgrim Baptist Church side of the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
1. Pilgrim Baptist Church side of the marker
Inscription.  
Pilgrim Baptist Church. On January 9, 1919, a group of eight men and three women, being led by the Holy Spirit, met at a house on Wallace Street to form a new black Missionary Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ohio. The group quickly raised $150 to make the down payment on a two-story brick building at 333 Chestnut Street being sold for $1,850. The building was occupied on March 25, 1919, and the name Pilgrim Baptist Church was suggested and accepted. On May 11, 1919, a special council requested admittance into the Western Union Baptist Association, a district association now affiliated with the Ohio Baptist General Convention. Requirements for admission were met and Pilgrim Baptist Church was recognized as a Missionary Baptist Church. In 2019, Pilgrim Baptist Church celebrated a centennial of faithfulness in Hamilton.

A Beacon of Light for Over a Hundred Years. Pilgrim Baptist has long found practical ways to serve the community. In 1958, a time when African Americans often could not obtain conventional loans, the Pilgrim Baptist Federal Credit Union was chartered. Pilgrim Day Care Center opened in 1973 to provide
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loving, caring, and affordable child care to working mothers. A church scholarship was established in August 1976 to encourage its youth toward higher education. The Notre Dame Education Center was purchased in May 1981 to house church-related activities as well as educational, social, and spiritual offerings for neighbors. In November 1998, the Christian Center was renamed "The Nathaniel Sherman Jr. Manor of Pilgrim Baptist Church" and renovated into senior housing. In 2016, Bread of Life Ministry began serving hot meals to the homeless and provides a food pantry for anyone in need.
 
Erected 2022 by Pilgrim Baptist Church, W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust, Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 49-9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 9, 1919.
 
Location. 39° 23.564′ N, 84° 33.696′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Chestnut Street west of South 4th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 383 Chestnut St, Hamilton OH 45011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
A Beacon of Light for Over a Hundred Years side of the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
2. A Beacon of Light for Over a Hundred Years side of the marker
this marker. Symmes Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hollow Earth Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cosmopolitan No. 4 (approx. half a mile away); Butler County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Flood Level (approx. half a mile away); Lentil Park (approx. half a mile away); The Old Well (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
 
Pilgrim Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
3. Pilgrim Baptist Church Marker
Pilgrim Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
4. Pilgrim Baptist Church Marker
Pilgrim Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
5. Pilgrim Baptist Church
The Pilgrim Baptist Church Bell image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 19, 2022
6. The Pilgrim Baptist Church Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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