Site of First Baptist Church

Site of First Baptist Church (HM11FY)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 16.209', W 76° 42.241'

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In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, two black preachers, first Moses, then Gowan Pamphlet, began holding religious services out of doors for free blacks and slaves in the Williamsburg area. Although identified as an organized Baptist church by 1781, the earliest in Williamsburg, reluctance to recognize an all black congregation postponed its official acceptance by the regional Baptist association until 1793. By 1818, and perhaps earlier, the "African Church", as it was called, met here in a wooden building on land given to the church by Jesse Cole. The structure was replaced shortly before the Civil War by a brick church, in use until 1955. By then known as "The First Baptist Church", the congregation moved into new facilities on Scotland Street where it continues today.
HM NumberHM11FY
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 7:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 348915 N 4126202
Decimal Degrees37.27015000, -76.70401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.209', W 76° 42.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 12.54" N, 76° 42' 14.46" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105-109 S Nassau St, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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