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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Presbyterian Church

(1818)

 
 
First Presbyterian Church (1818) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, June 25, 2009
1. First Presbyterian Church (1818) Marker
Inscription.  The Presbyterians organized the first church in Florence and purchased this property from the Cypress Land Company in 1818. A sanctuary was erected here in 1824. James L. Sloss, an early Alabama Territory missionary, was installed as the church's first permanent pastor in 1830. Although the church buildings have undergone several major expansions and renovations, the present sanctuary occupies the site of the 1824 building~ the "mother church" of Florence. The congregation in 1968 decided to remain an urban church and to continue its historical presence in the heart of Florence.
 
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 34° 48.117′ N, 87° 40.45′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on E. Mobile St. close to Wood Ave., on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of church on Mobile St. across the street from US Post Office. Touch for map
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 224 East Mobile St, Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Justice John McKinley Federal Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florence Synodical Female College (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church 1888 (about 400 feet away); Original Site of FAME Recording Studio (about 500 feet away); Sculpture Relief Books and Learning (about 500 feet away); City of Florence (about 700 feet away); Woodrow Wilson Park (about 700 feet away); Southall Drugs (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
First Presbyterian Church (1818) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, June 25, 2009
2. First Presbyterian Church (1818)
First Presbyterian Church (1818) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, May 3, 2014
3. First Presbyterian Church (1818)
First Presbyterian Church (1818) Stain Glass Window image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, May 3, 2014
4. First Presbyterian Church (1818) Stain Glass Window
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,219 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2019, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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