Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rice The Journalist
The entry of Luther Rice into the field of journalism was not based upon his love of writing or his desire to be an editor. Rather, it was an outgrowth of his complete devotion to the missionary outreach of Baptists. Rice had himself experienced the irresistible effect of reading missionary sermons and reports from the mission fields. It was his conviction that the printed page was of incalculable value in promoting missions especially, as well as every other Baptist enterprise.
Because Rice and others felt so keenly the need of a journal to arouse an informed missionary concern, a committee to the Baptist Board to Foreign Missions for the Untied States began publishing the Latter Day Luminary in 1818. Rice became the first editor of this missionary magazine. It was originally published as a quarterly, but became a monthly in 1821.
Rice later became the editor of the first weekly Baptist family newspaper in America—The Columbian Star, begun in Washington in 1822. From the first the paper devoted much space to reporting missionary news.
In response to a need for printed materials suitable for distribution by home missionaries and other workers, the Baptist General Tract Society was established in 1824. Rice served as its first treasurer.
Luther Rice became a Journalist
Luther Rice Memorial
Erected by Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church.
Location. 39° 1.894′ N, 77° 1.309′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from University Boulevard West (Maryland Route 193) north of Eisner Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice The Educator (here, next to this marker); Luther Rice (here, next to this marker); Rice The Organizer (here, next to this marker); Rice The Missionary (a few steps from this marker); Rachel Carson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Burnt Mills (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Rachel Carson Greenway (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fall Line and the Gorge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.