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Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site)

City of Fredericksburg, Virginia

 
 
Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, November 11, 2006
1. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) Marker
Inscription.  In 1886, the African Baptist Church, on Sophia Street, sustained serious flood damage. The congregation purchased a new site on higher ground, but a clouded deed delayed construction. In the interim, approximately half of the members decided to rebuild their church on the old site. The other half erected the sanctuary in front of you, in 1890, and named it the Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site).

At that time African-Americans sought to overcome racial discrimination through education. In 1906, Joseph Walker and a group of like-minded citizens decided to provide a high school for black students, since Fredericksburg Colored School was limited to the elementary grades. They established the Fredericksburg Normal and Industrial Institute, which opened in the basement of the Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site), but eventually moved to a more permanent location in what would later become the black community of Mayfield.

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The cornerstone for the Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site), laid in June 1890, came from the old pro-slavery Methodist Church. Sealed within it was a Bible, a roll of names related to the church, a silver and a greenback dollar, the Grand Army of the Republic badge of Union veteran Benjamin F. Ross (54th Massachusetts Infantry), and a resolution of thanks to P.V.D. Conway (brother of local abolitionist Moncure Conway) who had donated the stone.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducationNotable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1890.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 17.969′ N, 77° 27.501′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker was at the intersection of Princess Anne Street (Virginia Route 2) and Wolfe Street on Princess Anne Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within
Joseph Walker image. Click for full size.
2. Joseph Walker
Closeup of marker. Caption reads: Joseph Walker was born a slave, in Spotsylvania County, in 1854. He was a leading member of the Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) and a strong proponent of education.
walking distance of this location. Freedom Riders Challenge a Nation (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) (here, next to this marker); A Vibrant but Segregated Community (here, next to this marker); Mount Zion Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); First Stop on 1961 Freedom Rides (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
Also see . . .  Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) Church History. This history on the church's website. (Submitted on December 3, 2006.) 
 
Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., August 20, 2010
3. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) and Marker
Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, November 11, 2006
4. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,104 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on February 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on December 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 23, 2023