First Baptist Church
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On April 3, 1839, 11 Baptists met in the home of Spencer Hail to organize a Baptist church. The next day, the group met to sign articles of faith. On Sunday, April 7, the group was organized as a regular Baptist church and baptised its first new member, Mary Mosby. L. H. Milliken was the first pastor. In 1845 Geraldus Buntyn gave the church a lot at the corner of Second and Adams, where a building was constructed and opened in 1847, in 1849, Pastor P.S. Gayle left the church and organized Beale Street Baptist Church. During the Civil War, First Baptist was used as a hospital by the Union Army.
In 1865, after the Beale Street Church building burned, its members and 49 members of First Baptist organized Central Baptist Church. First Baptist lost many members to yellow fever in 1878 and 1879. The building at Second and Adams was remodeled during 1886-1888, and was subsequently sold in 1905 as the new site for the Shelby County Courthouse. The church began radio station WGBC-believed to be one of the earliest church-owned radio stations. In 1951, the church moved to its present site at the corner of Poplar and East Parkway.
Erected 1991 by First Baptist Church and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Overton Park (approx. half a mile away); The Lindenwood Christian Church (approx. half a mile away); Overton Square (approx. half a mile away); Griffin House (approx. half a mile away); Site of the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Overton Park Shell/The Levitt Shell At Overton Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Memphis Belle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hutchison School (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. First Baptist Church of Memphis. (Submitted on August 1, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. First Baptist Church Wiki commons image by Thomas R Machnitzki. (Submitted on August 1, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
3. Findings in the case of the Board of Deacons of 1st Baptist Church in Memphis vs. the United States. (Submitted on August 2, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
1. Occupation of the church by Union forces
So many churches in Memphis claim that they were occupied by Union forces that it is prudent to
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.