Near Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mount Olive Baptist Church
Mount Olive Baptist Church in Nassauville, Florida was established in 1870 by the descendants of West African born, Sam Hooper, and his native American wife. Sam, (aka I. Hupue) who was over 100 years of age in 1864, was the father of Moses Hooper, who was married to Laura Starratt.
After registering with the Union at Fort Clinch, this band of Africans of Native American descent moved to this area called Nassau. The small wooden structure became the center of social activities for the families of this community. The 50 seat capacity church was, for a number of years, the only church west of the Nassau River to Piney, Florida.
The first structure was built a few yards from the present building. The current structure was erected in 1920. The property was donated by David and Scheldonnia Brooks to the church's trustee board which consisted of E. D. Blue, James E. Blue, Ben Johnson, Isaiah White, and Tony Milton. The pioneering mothers of the church were Luvenia Blue, Polly Psalms Blue, and Silla Brooks. The last mother of the church was Luella Hooper Aikens who died in 1993.
Erected 2002 by Their Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 30° 34.724′ N, 81° 31.134′ W. Marker is near Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on Old Nassauville Road (County Road 107) just south of Dirt Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1426 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklintown Chapel (approx. 3.9 miles away); Martha's Hideaway (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic American Beach (approx. 4.4 miles away); American Beach at the Crossroads (approx. 4.4 miles away); A Dune System Called "NaNa" (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ervin’s Rest (approx. 4½ miles away); First Home on American Beach (approx. 4½ miles away); Evans’ Rendezvous (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.