“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Centennial Hall Edward Waters College

Centennial Hall Edward Waters College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 13, 2015
1. Centennial Hall Edward Waters College Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1866, Edward Waters College (EWC) is the oldest historically black college in Florida. The history of the college is closely tied to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. In 1865, the Reverend Charles H. Pearch, a presiding elder of the AME Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. Rev. Pearce worked with William G. Steward, the first AME pastor in Florida, to establish a school. Pastor Steward named his school, which was first located in Live Oak, Brown's Theological Institute. In 1892, the school was renamed Edward Waters College in honor of the third bishop of the AME Church. The school moved to Jacksonville in 1883 where its campus was destroyed by Jacksonville's Great Fire of 1901. In 1904, new land was obtained and work was started on the school's present campus. Centennial Hall, built in 1916 and named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the AME Church, is the oldest structure on the EWC campus. The Classical Revival style building was designed by the firm of Howells and Stokes of Seattle, Washington. The building was renovated in 1979 and serves as the college's main library. Centennial Hall
Centennial Hall Edward Waters College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 13, 2015
2. Centennial Hall Edward Waters College Marker
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was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Erected 2013 by The Edward Waters College Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-790.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducation. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church ⛪, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. 30° 20.696′ N, 81° 41.066′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of Kings Road (U.S. 23) and Pearce Street, on the right when traveling west on Kings Road. Centennial Hall is located on the north side of a courtyard area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville FL 32209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J.P. Small Memorial Park (approx. half a mile away); Durkeeville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mid-Westside Jacksonville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (approx. 1.3 miles away); John Rosamond Johnson
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(approx. 1.3 miles away); James Weldon Johnson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Brewster Hospital (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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