Thomasville in Clarke County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Williamsí Temple CME Church
Founded by the CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church as the only school for black students in the area in the early 1900ís, Williamsí Temple eventually consolidated with another school in Booker City to form Miles College near Birmingham.
The church property was secured in 1889 for the purpose of worship. Deeds dated July 24, 1903 show that this same property, located along the southeast intersection of East Front Street and Davis Avenue was recorded in the name of Alabama College. The present sanctuary was erected on the campus in 1909, according to the intact cornerstone.
Named in honor of Bishop Robert S. Williams, the church was the first established place of worship in the Thomasville area for blacks at the time.
Later, in the 1920ís, the first public school was established for black students. The 1930ís brought an increased interest in public education. The release of educational responsibilities lead the church to make needed improvements on the structure. The steps were move and a balcony was added. In 1962, a choir loft and offices were built, and the fellowship was added in 1986.
Erected 2011 by Clarke
Location. 31° 54.618′ N, 87° 43.989′ W. Marker is in Thomasville, Alabama, in Clarke County. Marker is on Davis Avenue East east of East Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Davis Avenue East, Thomasville AL 36784, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomasville's Early History (approx. ľ mile away); Thomasville War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Airmount Grave Shelter And Cemetery (approx. 5Ĺ miles away); Choctaw Corner (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pine Hill, Alabama (approx. 9.8 miles away); Office of Joel Desaker Jones (approx. 11.2 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 13.4 miles away); Creagh Law Office (approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomasville.
Also see . . .
1. Rural Southwest Alabama article on the Williamsí Temple CME Church. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. About Miles College from the college website. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
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