Centennial Hall Edward Waters College

Centennial Hall Edward Waters College (HM1R3U)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32209 Duval County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 20.696', W 81° 41.066'

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Founded in 1866, Edward Waters College (EWC) is the oldest historically black college in Florida. The history of the college is closely tied to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. In 1865, the Reverend Charles H. Pearch, a presiding elder of the AME Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. Rev. Pearce worked with William G. Steward, the first AME pastor in Florida, to establish a school. Pastor Steward named his school, which was first located in Live Oak, Brown's Theological Institute. In 1892, the school was renamed Edward Waters College in honor of the third bishop of the AME Church. The school moved to Jacksonville in 1883 where its campus was destroyed by Jacksonville's Great Fire of 1901. In 1904, new land was obtained and work was started on the school's present campus. Centennial Hall, built in 1916 and named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the AME Church, is the oldest structure on the EWC campus. The Classical Revival style building was designed by the firm of Howells and Stokes of Seattle, Washington. The building was renovated in 1979 and serves as the college's main library. Centennial Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
HM NumberHM1R3U
Marker NumberF-790
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Edward Waters College Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 434216 N 3357206
Decimal Degrees30.34493333, -81.68443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 20.696', W 81° 41.066'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 20' 41.76" N, 81° 41' 3.96" W
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Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1654-1702 Pearce St, Jacksonville FL 32209, US
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