Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Oak Grove Baptist Church
Erected 1988 by Oak Grove Baptist Church and the Shelby County Historical Society.
Location. 35° 12.229′ N, 89° 49.162′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Stage Road (U.S. 64) and Santa Valley Street on Stage Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7317 US-64, Memphis TN 38133, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Ann Catholic Church (approx. 1½ miles away); Warren Chapel Pisgah Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bartlett Veterans Memorial (approx. The Geographical Center of Shelby County (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bartlett, Tennessee (approx. 2.8 miles away); Nicholas Gotten (approx. 2.9 miles away); Nashoba (approx. 3½ miles away); Davies Manor (approx. 4 miles away).
1. Freed Blacks and Oak Grove Baptist Church
The marker mentions that the church was founded by "freed" blacks. The quotation marks may refer to the fact that although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, it only stated that all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free. Tennessee had already fallen to the Union and therefore, technically, the slaves in Tennessee were not freed by the proclamation.
— Submitted September 7, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion •
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