“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

St. John Missionary Baptist Church

St. John Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 25, 2017
1. St. John Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Founded by the Tennessee Freedman's Bureau. St. John Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1866 on the corner of Ford and St. John Street in a small house with a small congregation of formerly enslaved persons. Its first pastor, Henry Wilcox, also taught school there. Eleven years later the church moved to 710 Main and 7th Street. In 1934 the church burned and was subsequently rebuilt. Rev. Wilbur Daniel, the congregation's 16th pastor, became the first African American graduate of Austin Peay State College, earning a master's degree in 1957. St. John served the community when it opened the first African American Day Care Center. They served preschool children for more than two decades. In 1998 the church moved to Tiny Town Road.
Erected 2017 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3C 79.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 36° 31.793′ N, 87° 21.083′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker is on 7th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on the east side of 7th St. between Main St. and Franklin. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksville TN 37042, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Loftin Newman (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archwood (about 800 feet away); Austin Peay State University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Recapture of Clarksville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Montgomery County College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cave Johnson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Austin Peay (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 31 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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