Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama
Oldest Baptist Church (Missionary) in Alabama organized June 3, 1809 as the West Fork of Flint River Church. Presiding Clergy: John Canterbury, John McCutchen and John Nicholson. Renamed Enon Church and called John Canterbury as 1st pastor 1809. 1st meetinghouse completed 1813, 1 mile NE of Meridianville, 2nd meetinghouse completed 1825, 3 miles NE of Meridianville. Chartered member of Flint River Baptist Association 1814. This historical marker erected 1983.
(continued from other side) Hosted organizational meeting of Liberty Baptist Association November 1838. Built 3rd meetinghouse 1859-1869 at Clinton and Gallatin Sts. Pastor Eugene Strode led church to Huntsville 1861. Dedicated new building 1895. Relocated to this site 1963. Completed new facilities with distinctive, modernistic architecture and Christian symbolism 1966. Established eleven missions of which several became churches. Charter member of Madison Baptist Association 1838. Member of Alabama Baptist State Convention.
Erected 1983 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is June 3, 1835.
Location. 34° 43.223′ N, 86° 35.273′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Governors Drive (U.S. 431), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Hooper Councill High School Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huntsville's First Black Women Voters (approx. 0.2 miles away); C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fifth Avenue School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Huntsville Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Water's Journey to You (approx. half a mile away); Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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