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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

African Baptist Church of Fredericksburg

 
 
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By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
1. African Baptist Church of Fredericksburg Marker
Inscription. The Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) resides on the site once occupied by the African Baptist Church. Constructed as the Fredericksburg Baptist Church, the building was sold to its African-American members in 1857, after the white congregation had moved to a larger sanctuary on Princess Anne Street.

The African Baptists initially had a white pastor because Virginia law prohibited blacks from meeting without a white person present. Following the Civil War, the congregation adopted the name Shiloh Baptist Church and George L. Dixon, a slave who had purchased his freedom in 1856, became the first black pastor.

In 1886, a portion of the structure collapsed, a result of periodic flooding. Church members disagreed on where to rebuild and eventually divided into two congregations. In 1890, Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) rose where the original church had stood. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) established itself on Princess Anne and Wolfe Streets.
 
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 Sophia Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
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By Kevin W., August 20, 2010
2. African Baptist Church of Fredericksburg Marker
Reverend George H. Rowe served as the first pastor to the African Baptist Church. He resigned after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, on January 1st, 1863.
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) (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 (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.
 
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By Dawn Bowen, June 5, 2007
3. Rev. James E. Brown
“Reverend James E. Brown came to the Shiloh Baptist Church in 1887. He remained with the congregation that rebuilt this church in 1890.”
Site of the African Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
4. Site of the African Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,253 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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