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Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Baptist State Convention

 
 
Baptist State Convention Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
1. Baptist State Convention Marker
Inscription.  On March 26, 1830, the North Carolina Baptist State Convention was organized at the Gorham home which was near here.
 
Erected 1971 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number F-46.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1850.
 
Location. 35° 36.774′ N, 77° 22.493′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is on South Green Street (State Highway 1531) near West 4th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville NC 27834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas J. Jarvis (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Thomas J. Jarvis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neighborhood Unity and Community Pride (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza
Baptist State Convention Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Common & Urban Renewal (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Regarding Baptist State Convention.    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina was founded on March 26, 1830, at the Greenville home of A. I. Gorham. The organization had its roots in the North Carolina Baptist Missionary Society, which was formed in 1811 as a “General Meeting” where Baptists could plan missionary work. The Baptist Missionary Society came to be known as the Benevolent Society. Prior to the state society, there were numerous local missionary societies, organized within individual churches and among groups of churches. The state organization was seen as a means of coordinating the work of the smaller groups. The founders of the Baptist State Convention created two other related agencies once the convention was operational. The statewide Baptist newspaper, the Biblical Recorder, was established in 1833 and Wake Forest College the following
Baptist State Convention Marker seen looking north along South Green Street near West 4th Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
3. Baptist State Convention Marker seen looking north along South Green Street near West 4th Street
year. The Baptist Female University, now Meredith College, opened with the convention’s support in 1899.
   Today the Baptist State Convention offers an outlet for cooperative missionary work as well as guidance to church leaders and administrative staff. Resources include instruction and guidelines for general operations and advice for the churches quests “to develop and sustain relevant ministries for the 21st century.” The state convention assists groups in forming new Baptist congregations in the state, as well. The Baptist State Convention operates educational facilities, children’s homes, retirement homes, and a credit union, among missionary and support programs. The home office for the convention is in Cary. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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Dec. 8, 2022