"Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church

"Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church (HM144U)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32206 Duval County
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N 30° 20.49', W 81° 38.479'

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Midway A.M.E. Church was organized on Sunday, June 10, 1865, a few weeks after the Confederate Army in Floirda surrendered to the Union Army. It was thus the first black independent church organized in Florida. William G. Steward was sent to Florida by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and founded a church at Midway, a settlement east of Jacksonville, on his second day in the state. Mr. Steward appointed Brother G. B. Hill as the pastor of Midway Church before going on to organize congregations in middle Florida and in the panhandle section of the state. In later years Mr. Steward became involved in politics in Leon and Gadsden Counties and served a term in the Floirda Legislature. Midway Church is recognized as the "mother" of both the Florida Conference of the A.M.E. Church, organized in 1867 in Tallahassee, and of the East Florida Conference organized in Palatka in 1877. While the original church building is no longer standing, the congregation of "Mother" Midway has been in continuous existence since its founding.
HM NumberHM144U
Marker NumberF- 260
Year Placed1976
Placed ByAfrican Methodist Episcopal Church of Foridain cooperation with Department of State
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 438358 N 3356801
Decimal Degrees30.34150000, -81.64131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 20.49', W 81° 38.479'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 20' 29.40" N, 81° 38' 28.74" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1456 Van Buren St, Jacksonville FL 32206, US
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