First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea

First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea (HM1R8)

Location: Berea, OH 44017 Cuyahoga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 22.073', W 81° 51.086'

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Seven original members, who were staunch abolitionists, organized the First Congregational Church of Berea in the nearby Union School House on June 9, 1855. These members publicly articulated opposition to slavery and their desire for a church with full local autonomy. The church purchased this property and erected this sanctuary in 1869, the oldest still standing structure used as a church in Berea and the original Middleburg Township. It is constructed of locally manufactured brick with a foundation from the Berea sandstone quarries. The 100-foot spire was added in 1954 to celebrate its 100th anniversary since the founding of the church in 1855. The church joined the newly formed United Church of Christ in 1961. During its long history, the church has developed many programs to assist person in need in the Berea area and developed collaborative ventures with other churches and civic groups.
HM NumberHM1R8
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number18-82
Year Placed2005
Placed ByFirst Congregational United Church of Christ, Berea Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 428792 N 4579946
Decimal Degrees41.36788333, -81.85143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 22.073', W 81° 51.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 22' 4.38" N, 81° 51' 5.16" W
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Area Code(s)440, 216
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 62-92 Seminary St, Berea OH 44017, US
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