Lime Hill in Conecuh County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Reverend Hillary James Hawkins, D.D.
Doctor Reverend Hillary James Hawkins, who was affectionately known throughout the community as “Brown,” dedicated most of his adult life to providing spiritual guidance to blacks in Evergreen and surrounding communities. In 1945, Dr. Hawkins bought a 120-acre farm and started constructing a house for his wife, the former Mamie Calhoun and their eight children. A successful farmer, Dr. Hawkins produced Conecuh County’s first bale of cotton in 1953. In 1959, he was recognized by Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) for his progressive methods in church management and community organization. In 1964, he received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Inter-Baptist Theological Center in Houston, Texas.
From 1921 to 1988, Dr. Hawkins served as minister of ten churches in Evergreen and surrounding communities, often serving two churches simultaneously. For 37 years, he served as Dean of Christian Education for the Evergreen District Missionary and Educational Association. In 1971, he was elected president of the Southern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He also served as director of the Negro Division of the United
As a tribute to his outstanding service to the community, the Brown Hawkins Road was named in his honor.
On March 20, 2003, the Alabama Historical Commission added the Rev. Dr. Hillary James Hawkins House to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Erected by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Location. 31° 25.976′ N, 87° 3.542′ W. Marker is in Lime Hill, Alabama, in Conecuh County. Marker is at the intersection of Brown Hawkins Road and Fall Lane, on the left when traveling north on Brown Hawkins Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Brown Hawkins Road, Evergreen AL 36401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alexander Travis (approx. 5.9 miles away); Alice's (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Bank of Evergreen (approx. 6.1 miles away); City of Evergreen (approx. 6.1 miles away); Ernest Stanley Crawford, M.D. (approx. 6.2 miles away); Conecuh County War Memorial Evergreen Baptist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Alabama Baptist Children’s Home Site (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Also see . . . BCR Listening Post-Observation Post blog about marker. (Submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.