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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

St. Mark Baptist Church

1859

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, November 12, 2016
1. St. Mark Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. St. Mark Baptist Church is the oldest Missionary Baptist Church in Florence, Alabama. In 1859, a group of Christians began worshipping in a brush arbor on this site. John A. Rorttock, Trustee for colored members of the Missionary Baptist Church, purchased the parcel of land at this site for fifteen dollars. The title deed was dated March 31, 1859. The same parcel was conveyed to John Polk, Richard Foster, and Abraham Jackson, trustees of the church, on December 23, 1873. The first building at this location was a frame structure erected under the leadership of Rev. Ephraim Cordie White. The present structure was erected in 1901 with Rev. Dr. L. J. Green as pastor. St. Mark was incorporated on October 7, 1950. In 1951, the church was renovated with Rev. Dr. George E. Nelson as pastor. The educational facility was added by 1974. During its long history, the church has been served by the highly qualified and respected pastors named above, as well as Rev. Judge Johnson, Rev. Rufus Slack, Jr., Rev. James E. Coleman, and Bishop Dr. Will Boyd. Through all the years, St. Mark Baptist Church has served its congregation and the community with distinction.
 
Erected 2016 by Florence Historical Board Florence, Alabama.
 
Location. 34° 47.95′ N,
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By Sandra Hughes, November 12, 2016
2. St. Mark Baptist Church Marker
87° 40.356′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of East Alabama Street and South Woods Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Alabama Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 E Alabama St, Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Hicks Boulevard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florence Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (about 700 feet away); Lauderdale County (about 800 feet away); The American Legion (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969/Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downtown Florence Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); John McKinley Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
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By Sandra Hughes, November 12, 2016
3. St. Mark Baptist Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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