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Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

 
 
Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
1. Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) Marker
Inscription. Former slaves as well as free blacks realized that education was critical to African-American aspirations. Immediately after the Civil War, the Shiloh Baptist Church organized a school for black students. The Freedmenís Bureau supported this effort, with funding, and Northern white teachers came to provide instruction. One such missionary, a woman from Ohio named Sophia Hatch taught students here and at other black schools in Fredericksburg until 1890.

In addition to promoting education, black churchmen became politically active. In 1876, the Reverend George Dixon and a group of residents proposed a slate of black candidates for local office. None were voted in, though, and the end of Reconstruction effectively curtailed further attempts to obtain black representation. Not until 1966 was a black person elected to Fredericksburg City Council. The candidate was Reverend Lawrence A. Davies, who subsequently ran for mayor in 1976 and served in that capacity until 1996.

(caption) Reverend Lawrence A. Davies became the pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in
Reverend Lawrence A. Davies image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 20, 2010
2. Reverend Lawrence A. Davies
1962. He became the first black to hold elected office in Fredericksburg, serving first as a councilman and then as mayor.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
 
Location. 38° 18.124′ N, 77° 27.445′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sophia Street and Hanover Street, on the right when traveling south on Sophia Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African Baptist Church of Fredericksburg (here, next to this marker); Odd Fellows Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferries and Flats (about 500 feet away); Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away); Corporation Court House (about 700 feet away); The Courthouse
A "Cleaned" Marker after Maintenance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
3. A "Cleaned" Marker after Maintenance
(about 700 feet away); A Vast Hospital (about 700 feet away); The “Demon of Destruction” (about 700 feet away); War Comes to Fredericksburg (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  African American History of Fredericksburg, Virginia. (Submitted on June 6, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) & Markers image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
4. Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) & Markers
Shilh Baptish Church (Old Site) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
5. Shilh Baptish Church (Old Site)
Church Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
6. Church Cornerstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,861 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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