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First African Baptist Church

 
 
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By Jane Ruschky, May 4, 2017
1. First African Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. This church, founded in 1865, grew out of an antebellum praise house for black members of the Baptist Church of Beaufort. During the Civil War, after the Federal occupation of the town, it hosted a school for freedmen. Rev. Arthur Waddell (1821-1895), its founding pastor, had come to S.C. from Savannah, Ga. In 1867 Rev. Waddell and two black ministers from Savannah formally organized this church. In 1885 the congregation, with more than 900 members, built this "handsome and commodious" Carpenter Gothic church. Rev. Waddell continued to serve this church until he retired in 1894. At his death in 1895 First African Baptist was described as "one of the most aristocratic colored churches." Robert Smalls (1839-1915), Civil War hero, state legislator, and U.S. Congressman, was its most prominent member.
 
Erected 2013 by The Beaufort County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-40.)
 
Location. 32° 26.064′ N, 80° 40.132′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of New Street and King Street on New Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 New Street, Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
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By Jane Ruschky, May 4, 2017
2. First African Baptist Church Marker
this marker. Dr. Henry Woodward, Surgeon 1646-1686 (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beaufort Arsenal (about 800 feet away); Beaufort College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaufort Female Benevolent Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Smalls (approx. mile away); Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. mile away); The Baptist Church of Beaufort (approx. mile away); Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaufort.
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USChurches, Etc.
 
First African Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 4, 2017
3. First African Baptist Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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