Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Historical

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery Historical (HM1SZH)

Location: Jupiter, FL 33458 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 56.515', W 80° 8.384'

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Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, a cornerstone of Jupiter's African American community, was organized in 1902 by the Reverend J. A. Wannamaker and the pioneer families of Simmons, Campbell, Ford, Bush, and Davis. These early settlers arrived here from North Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and homesteaded 160-acre plots along Limestone Creek and the Loxahatchee River. Since the church's founding, Mt. Carmel deacons and deaconesses have been community leaders, founding and supporting the once-segregated volunteer fire department, schools, and civic organizations. The original church, a small wood frame building built in 1902, was moved to this location in 1915 when Glover Sapp donated two acres of land for the church and a cemetery. It was rebuilt twice by its members after the destructive hurricanes of 1926 and 1928. This building was constructed in 1953 and was expanded in 1979 and again in 1997. The church's cemetery, the only church-affiliated African American burial ground in northern Palm Beach County, includes over 500 graves, the earliest of which are unmarked. The church and the cemetery reflect the important social history and continued spiritual values of this close-knit community.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Loxahatchee River Historical Society and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 585397 N 2980292
Decimal Degrees26.94191667, -80.13973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 56.515', W 80° 8.384'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 56' 30.9" N, 80° 8' 23.04" W
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Area Code(s)561, 305
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6823-6859 Church St, Jupiter FL 33458, US
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