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Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church

 
 
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 10, 2016
1. St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. This original sanctuary of the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church is one of the few remaining institutional buildings directly associated with the old community of Hansontown. Originally a farming cooperative established for black Union soldiers, Hansontown was founded in 1866 by Dr. Daniel Dustin Hanson, a surgeon with the 34th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry. Following Dr. Hanson's untimely death in 1868, the communal farm declined. African Americans, however continued to move to Hansontown, which developed into a large, dense neighborhood. The congregation for the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church assembled in 1930 under the leadership of Reverend Harrison Edwards. After meeting in several locations, the congregation purchased this plot of land in 1940 for the construction of the sanctuary, which was completed in 1950. Nearly all of the buildings in Hansontown were torn down for urban renewal projects in the early 1970s, but the church remained. Under Reverend H.T. Rhim, the congregation moved to a new location in 1985. This building still owned by St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, continued to be used for mission outreach.
 
Erected 2015 by The City of Jacksonville and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-853.)
 
Location.
Former St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 10, 2016
2. Former St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church building
30° 20.176′ N, 81° 39.734′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Broad Street 0.1 miles south of West 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located in the student parking area of Florida State College in front of the church building. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Site of the Forty-Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Monument to Women of the Southern Confederacy (approx. half a mile away); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (approx. half a mile away); John Milton Bryan Simpson (approx. half a mile away); Old Brewster Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & Religion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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