Centennial Hill

Centennial Hill (HM1CN8)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 22.317', W 86° 17.973'

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This neighborhood evolved around historic First Congregational Church established through the American Missionary Association (AMA) October 6, 1872, by Pastor George Whitfield Andrews. In 1867 the AMA and the Freedmen's Bureau, headed by General Wager Swayne, opened Swayne Primary School, Montgomery's first school for blacks, just two blocks south of here. Alabama State University, begun in 1867 as the "Lincoln School of Marion" by nine ex-slaves and taken over by the AMA in 1868, was relocated nearby in 1887. The area gained prominence as the civic, religious, educational, business and residential center for such black notables as Dr. Cornelius Dorsette, the city's first black physician; businessman Victor Tulane; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and other well-known leaders such as Alabama's first black congressman, James W. Rapier, John W. Jones; Nathan Alexander; Peyton Finley; and reverend G. Franklin Lewis, long-time pastor of First Congregational Church.
HM NumberHM1CN8
Year Placed1992
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565893 N 3581880
Decimal Degrees32.37195000, -86.29955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.317', W 86° 17.973'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 19.02" N, 86° 17' 58.38" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 638 High St, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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