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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Second Baptist Church

 
 
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By Michael Baker
1. Second Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1836 by thirteen former slaves, the is the oldest black congregation in Michigan. From its beginnings the church has occupied a prominent place in Detroit's black community. In 1839 it established the city's first school for black children, and its first pastor, the Reverend William C. Monroe, was a noted anti-slavery activist. in 1843 he presided over the first State Convention of Colored Citizens, which met at the Second Baptist Church. Delegates demanded the right to vote and an end to slavery. On January 6, 1863, Detroit's blacks celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation here. Located at this site since 1857, the church has expanded its facilities through the years.
 
Erected 1975 by Detroit Historical Commission.
 
Location. 42° 20.09′ N, 83° 2.575′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Monroe Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 441 Monroe Avenue, Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Baptist Church Underground Railroad Site (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mary's Church
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By Michael Baker
2. Second Baptist Church Marker
(about 600 feet away); Henry the Hatter (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary's Rectory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Germantown (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Harmonie Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statue of Abraham Lincoln (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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