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Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Baptist Church

 
 
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judy King, September 2, 2014
1. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Marker
Inscription. By August 1836, before Jesse Collier and Horace Barbee had advertised “Collier Town for Sale” in the Memphis Enquirer, the Baptists had located in the Collierville area. Shiloh Church was established on the north side of State Line Road (Hwy 57) one-eighth mile into Fayette County. By 1857, the church had moved to the village of Collierville and was destroyed during the Civil War. This land was purchased in 1872, at the corner of Walnut and College Streets across from Bellevue Female College for $225.

The church at this site burned in 1909 and again in 1944 and would be rebuilt each time. Additional land was purchased through the years, and in 1978 a thousand-seat sanctuary was built at a cost of $713,236. This property was the home of Collierville First Baptist Church for a hundred and ten years until their move to Byhalia Road in 1995. In 1993, the property was sold to the Town of Collierville and used briefly as government offices. In August 2005, the town removed the church buildings and this park was established. In May 2009, the park was named “Tom Brooks Park” in honor of his contributions to the Collierville community.
 
Erected 2009 by Town of Collierville.
 
Location. 35° 2.636′ N, 89° 
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judy King, September 2, 2014
2. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Marker
40.006′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Walnut Street south of College Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Collierville TN 38017, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Collierville (within shouting distance of this marker); Chalmers's Collierville Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Brooks Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Presbyterian Church of Collierville (about 400 feet away); Collierville United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Collierville, Tenn. (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Judy King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Judy King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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