First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church (HM1HZB)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.304', W 77° 25.771'

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Tracing its roots to 1780 as the First Baptist Church, the First African Baptist Church was bought and organized by freedmen and slaves in 1841. The present building was erected on the same site in 1876. The establishment of First African Baptist Church led to the organization of other local black churches. In 1865, the site hosted the first Republican State Convention held in Virginia and Jefferson Davis's last speech as president of the Confederacy, and later a lecture by Booker T. Washington. The Rev. John Jasper, Henry "Box" Brown, and Maggie L. Walker were baptized at First African Baptist Church.
Marker NumberSA 106
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285348 N 4157375
Decimal Degrees37.53840000, -77.42951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.304', W 77° 25.771'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 18.24" N, 77° 25' 46.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Richmond VA 23219, US
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