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First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church

 
 
First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
1. First Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. (Front Side):
First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church was designed by architect R. H. Hunt and built in 1906. It is constructed of yellow bricks along a Georgian-architectural style. It housed a congregation of 2,200 members which organized the first Sunday School in the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1907, when this building was dedicated, it was considered one of the finest Baptist church structures in the South.
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(Back Side):
Mt. Olive CME Church
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Founded in 1848, Mt. Olive Cathedral Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, an African-American congregation under the leadership of the Rev. W. A. Johnson, purchased this building from First Baptist Church in 1947. In 1950, two years before the congregation moved into its new building, the Rev. Johnson died and his funeral was held at the First Baptist Church. Under the guidance of the Rev. Phillip E. Brooks, Sr., in 1952, the congregation moved to this location.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 130.)
 
Location. 35° 8.201′ N, 90° 2.608′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County.
Mt. Olive CME Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
2. Mt. Olive CME Church Marker
Marker is at the intersection of Linden Ave (or) Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Ave. (Tennessee Route 278) and S. Lauderdale Street, on the right when traveling west on Linden Ave (or) Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 542 Linden Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hunt-Phelan Home (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Universal Life Insurance Building/Universal Life Insurance Company (about 700 feet away); The Mount Nebo Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); George W. Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); It was a Struggle for Freedom For Dignity and For Equality (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. mile away); Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church CornerStones image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
3. First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church CornerStones
First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church cornerstones image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
4. First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church cornerstones
First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church Cornerstones image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
5. First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church Cornerstones
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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