Fitzgerald in Ben Hill County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Baptist Church Bell
Fitzgerald was settled during the summer of 1895 by 2,700 Union Veterans and many Georgians. The First Baptist Church was constituted by 34 charter membes on December 15, 1895. The members first met in a furniture store and built their first church, a 32 by 60 feet perpendicular slab building constructed during the winter of 1896-97. In 1898 the church, now boasting 300 members, built a new frame buiilding with a tower for the prized bell. In 1912 the church laid a cornerstone for a handsome brick building where the church grew and propspered until 1972, when the church moved into this complex. President Jimmy Carter, then Governor, rededicated the bill in 1974.
This marker dedicated during the church centennial May 21, 1995.
Erected by First Baptist Church (of Fitzgerald, Georgia).
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 South Merrimac Drive, Fitzgerald GA 31750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. Bush's Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fitzgerald (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ben Hill County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Irwinville (approx. 7.9 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fitzgerald.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,337 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 2. submitted on February 14, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.