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The First Baptist Church

 
 
The First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 5, 2012
1. The First Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.
Founded by
Roger Williams
A.D. 1638

The oldest
Baptist Church
in America

The oldest church in this state
This meeting house erected
A.D. 1773

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 41° 49.641′ N, 71° 24.505′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The church sits on the corner of North Main Street and Thomas Street. The marker is mounted on the front of the building facing North Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Fleur-De-Lys Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); First Town House of Providence (within shouting distance of this marker); Steeple Street Complex (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shakespeare's Head (about 400 feet away);
The First Baptist Meeting House Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Rosie Perera, May 26, 2012
2. The First Baptist Meeting House Plaque
Plaque inside front entrance of The First Baptist Church
The Meeting Street School (about 500 feet away); Burning of British Taxed Tea (about 600 feet away); The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
 
Additional comments.
1. The First Baptist Meeting House Plaque
Inscription transcription (with long S’s converted to modern S’s):

The First Baptist Meeting House
Dedicated May 27, 1775

“For the publick Worship of Almighty GOD;
and also for holding Commencement in”

From the first page of the Minutes of the Charitable Baptist Society

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(“Commencement” refers to Brown University commencement, traditionally held in this church; Brown’s baccalaureate services are still held there.)

Photograph taken during Brown’s Commencement weekend 2012.
    — Submitted January 7, 2013, by Rosie Perera of Vancouver, British Columbia.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial Era
 
The First Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 5, 2012
3. The First Baptist Church
The marker is visible to the right of the entrance door and the National Historic Landmark Plaque is seen to the left.
The First Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Daniel Case (Wikipedia), June 5, 2012
4. The First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 5, 2012
5. The First Baptist Church National Historic Landmark Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 5, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   2. submitted on January 7, 2013, by Rosie Perera of Vancouver, British Columbia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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