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Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, February 28, 2017
1. Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla Marker
Inscription. The founders of Second Missionary Baptist Church worshipped at Bethel Baptist Church with their slaves masters in the 1830s. They built their first separate wooden sanctuary in 1848 in the African American neighborhood of LaVilla. The first sanctuary was destroyed by The Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901 that scoured more than 146 blocks and left nearly 9,000 people homeless. Church members worshipped at a new location and in 1930 built this brick sanctuary. Designed as a vernacular adaptation of the Late Gothic Revival Style, the sanctuary reflects the religious architectural form of the period with pitched gable roofs, massive towers framing the entrance, and ornate Gothic-arched stained glass windows. The church served as a refuge and source of strength during the racially segregated 19th and 20th centuries. Its members provided essential support for LaVilla businesses, schools, and the Brewster Hospital, the county's first African American hospital. Church services, educational activities, and charity drives helped meet the social, spiritual, and physical needs of the community. This sanctuary is a reminder of the significant role the church played in the LaVilla community.
 
Erected 2016 by Reverend Kenneth J. and Sister Sheila F. Emanuel, Sr., and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
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By Tim Fillmon, February 28, 2017
2. Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla Marker
Looking east along King's Road
Number F-919.)
 
Location. 30° 20.188′ N, 81° 40.093′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of Kings Road (U.S. 23) and North Davis Street, on the right when traveling east on Kings Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 954 Kings Road, Jacksonville FL 32204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Brewster Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Railroad Administration Locomotive (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Milton Bryan Simpson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 (approx. mile away); 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration (approx. mile away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  Second Missionary Baptist Church. (Submitted on March 2, 2017.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Tim Fillmon, February 28, 2017
3. Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 182 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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