First Congregational Church of Marion

First Congregational Church of Marion (HM1BU5)

Location: Marion, AL 36756 Perry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 37.657', W 87° 19.701'

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Established 1869

Organized in Lincoln School by freed slaves & representatives of the American Missionary Association, an auxiliary of the Congregational Churches of America. Wherever a school was operated by the A.M.A. a church soon followed. Religion and education were viewed as a means of improving the conditions of former slaves & as a solution for many problems. Through the years the church has been a strong advocate of freedom & justice for all.

In 1931 the Congregational & Christian Churches merged forming the Congregational Christian Church, which in 1957 joined with the Evangelical & Reformed Church to form the United Church of Christ.

This building was constructed by members & friends of the congregation in 1871 is the oldest & most unaltered example of an early black church in Marion. The first pastor was the Rev. G.W. Andrews & T.C. Stewart was the architect & contractor.
National Register of Historical Places 12-17-1982
HM NumberHM1BU5
Year Placed1986
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission and the Congregation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 469198 N 3610053
Decimal Degrees32.62761667, -87.32835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 37.657', W 87° 19.701'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 37' 39.42" N, 87° 19' 42.06" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103-199 Church St, Marion AL 36756, US
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