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

Court Street Baptist Church

Path of History, Portsmouth, VA

 
 
Court Street Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
1. Court Street Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Established in 1789, the Portsmouth and Norfolk Baptist Church served as the first Baptist congregation in South Hampton Roads. The name was changed in 1791 to Portsmouth Baptist Church and again in 1855 to its current name, Court Street Baptist Church. This Romanesque Revival-style church is the third building to occupy the site and contains the cornerstone of the previous building.

Black members of Court Street Baptist Church worshiped in the basement until May 1865 when 318 of the congregation founded their own church, Zion Baptist. This church became the second African-American Baptist Church established in Portsmouth. Located on Green Street, it is still in use today.
 
Location. 36° 50.195′ N, 76° 18.05′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Court Street south of London Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 447 Court St, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 1846 Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Monument (about 400 feet away); Norfolk County Court House (about 400 feet away); Towne Square
Court Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
2. Court Street Baptist Church
(about 400 feet away); The Commodore Theatre (about 500 feet away); Monumental Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Elks Lodge (about 600 feet away); Trinity Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 777 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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