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Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College

 
 
Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker
Inscription. This building, which was erected in 1801 by Augusta`s first Methodist Society, was moved to this location in 1844 to become the home of the Springfield Baptist Church. Organized in 1787 by Jesse Peters, the Springfield Baptist Church is the oldest independent African-American Church in the nation. This church helped bridge the transition between slavery and free citizenship and has stood as a focus for black community life. This church building is the major landmark remaining from the early free-black community of Springfield. The original structure was moved to the rear of the lot when the new brick church was built in 1897. Springfield Church helped to establish many black institutions. In 1867, Morehouse College, the nation`s only all-male, historically black undergraduate institution, was founded in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church as Augusta Institute by William Jefferson White as requested by Richard Coulter and Edmund Turney, while Henry Watts was serving as pastor. The school moved to Atlanta in 1879 and was renamed Morehouse College in 1913. This marker unveiled February 16, 1992, commemorates the 125th anniversary of Morehouse College`s founding.
 
Erected 1992 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 121-51.)
 
Marker series.
Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
2. Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.737′ N, 81° 58.292′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Reynolds Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located between 12th Street and 11th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ware High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Grierson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paine College Founding Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); LaFayette Visits Augusta (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Gold Star Mothers Tribute (approx. mile away); Curtis Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodmen Of The World Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bell System at Augusta, Georgia (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Morehouse College. Morehouse has a 61 acre campus and an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. (Submitted on June 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. About Morehouse College. A Proud Tradition of Producing Outstanding Leaders In 1867, just two years after the American Civil War, the Atlanta Institute was founded by William Jefferson White, an Atlanta Baptist
Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker seen along Reynolds Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
3. Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College Marker seen along Reynolds Street
minister and cabinetmaker, with the support of the Rev. Richard C. Coulter, a former slave from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rev. Edmund Turney, organizer of the National Theological Institute for educating freedmen in Washington, D.C. The institution was founded to educate African American men in theology and education and was located in Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest independent black church in the United States. The Institute's first president was Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Robert (father of Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert, author of Robert's Rules of Order). (Submitted on June 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.EducationNotable Buildings
 
Springfield Baptist Church seen along 12th Street in Augusta image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 16, 2010
4. Springfield Baptist Church seen along 12th Street in Augusta
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,070 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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