Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd / Founding Members
Est. 1854 / May 28, 1854
Alabama's oldest African-American Episcopal congregation was fostered in Trinity Church by the Reverend J. A. Massey. The Right Reverend Nicholas H. Cobbs, D.D., Alabama's first Episcopal Bishop confirmed the seven founding members, free and enslaved men and women, on May 28, 1854.
Initially, services were held in the "Love and Charity Hall" on Dearborn Street and St. Michael Street. The first church was built on the north side of St. Michael Street between Cedar Street and Warren Street. In 1884, the congregation moved to a new location at 554 State Street.
From 1896-1912, the church was served by its first African-American priest, the Reverend J.J.N. Thompson. In 1930, the Reverend F. H. Threet, a parishioner, became the first African-American priest to receive ordination in the Diocese of Alabama.
The current site was dedicated on May 28, 1964, the 110th year anniversary, under the leadership of the Reverend John W. B. Thompson.
We will continue to love and serve the community, giving thanks to God for our rich heritage.
May 28, 1854
Location. 30° 42.601′ N, 88° 5.214′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from Donald Street north of Gloria York Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 Donald Street, Mobile AL 36617, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. William C. Gorgas (approx. 0.4 miles away); Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vernon Z. Crawford Law Firm (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Mitchell Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Springhill Avenue Temple Congregation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Christopher First Johnson House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dunbar/Central High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dr. James A. Franklin (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Also see . . . Church website history. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on January 3, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.