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Second Missionary Baptist Church:

Historic Congregation

 
 
Second Missionary Baptist Church: Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, November 28, 2022
1. Second Missionary Baptist Church: Marker
Inscription.  
Congregation dates back to 1865
The Second Baptist Congregation was founded in 1865 when George and Sarah Green opened their home on Pearl Street, Jackson, for worship services. Over the years, the congregation built a masonry house of worship at 208 E. Franklin, posing for a picture by the entry around 1910 (images courtesy church). As the congregation grew, it moved to 304 E. Prospect Street, and ultimately changed its name to Second Missionary Baptist Church. Today, it is one of Jackson's oldest African-American congregations.

While the location of the congregation's house of worship has changed, the enduring congregation itself is historic. In addition, the church retains artifacts of its early days, including 1800 era Bibles and the cornerstone installed in the original building in 1910 (image on left). Another distinction was achieved when the congregation's pastor, the late Rev. Amos Polk Williams, was honored in 2012 as one of the longest serving pastors in Jackson County's history. Polk ministered to the congregation, and the community, for 58 years.

George W. Green (1835-1917) and his
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wife, Sarah Green (1851-1921) both former enslaved Americans, founded the Second Baptist Church (today Second Missionary Baptist Church) in 1865. George was a deacon, stone mason and civic leader, among roles. The couple is buried in: Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
 
Erected 2022 by Jackson County Michigan Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
Location. 42° 13.665′ N, 84° 23.794′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on East Prospect Street just west of Merriman Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 East Prospect Street, Jackson MI 49203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elnora Moorman Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mt. Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mount Evergreen Cemetery / The Underground Railroad In Jackson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Deland Point: A Humanitarian Hub (approx. 1.2 miles away); Austin Blair (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Hurst Professional Building (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Second Missionary Baptist Church: Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, November 28, 2022
2. Second Missionary Baptist Church: Marker
 
Second Missionary Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, November 28, 2022
3. Second Missionary Baptist Church
Second Missionary Baptist Church signage image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, November 28, 2022
4. Second Missionary Baptist Church signage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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