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Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery

 
 
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, July 8, 2016
1. Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, a cornerstone of Jupiter’s African American community, was organized in 1902 by the Reverend J. A. Wannamaker and the pioneer families of Simmons, Campbell, Ford, Bush, and Davis. These early settlers arrived here from North Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and homesteaded 160-acre plots along Limestone Creek and the Loxahatchee River. Since the church’s founding, Mt. Carmel deacons and deaconesses have been community leaders, founding and supporting the once-segregated volunteer fire department, schools, and civic organizations. The original church, a small wood frame building built in 1902, was moved to this location in 1915 when Glover Sapp donated two acres of land for the church and a cemetery. It was rebuilt twice by its members after the destructive hurricanes of 1926 and 1928. This building was constructed in 1953 and was expanded in 1979 and again in 1997. The church’s cemetery, the only church-affiliated African American burial ground in northern Palm Beach County, includes over 500 graves, the earliest of which are unmarked. The church and the cemetery reflect the important social history and continued spiritual values of this close-knit community.
 
Erected 2013 by The Loxahatchee River Historical Society and the Florida Department of State.
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, July 8, 2016
2. Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
(Marker Number F-773.)
 
Location. 26° 56.515′ N, 80° 8.384′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on Church Street 0.2 miles east of Limestone Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6623 Church Street, Jupiter FL 33458, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. L.M. Davis Elementary School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tennessee Volunteers and Militia Camp (approx. 1.1 miles away); Powell's Battle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Jesup's Battle (approx. 2.4 miles away); Military Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away); Historic Jupiter School (approx. 2˝ miles away); Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sawfish Bay (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jupiter.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion
 
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, July 8, 2016
3. Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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