First Missionary Baptist Church Historical

First Missionary Baptist Church Historical (HM1Y0E)

Location: Dothan, AL 36303 Houston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 13.905', W 85° 23.82'

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Dothan, Alabama

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In 1889, Georgia Baptists led by Reverend W. M. Carter organized the New Hope Baptist Church in the village of Poplar Head. Reverend Robert Nelson was called as the first pastor. In 1907, newly-elected trustees incorporated its successor, the First Colored Baptist Church. In 1912, under pastor Dr. Thomas Bellinger of Pensacola, the church purchased land from the Saxon family, erected its original building, and renamed itself the First Missionary Baptist Church. The pastorate of Reverend C. C. Clency began in 1926 but ended in a schism that resulted in creating the North Highland Baptist Church.
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In 1940, the City of Dothan auctioned the Church property for unpaid gutter and curb assessments. The Church later regained ownership of its property and constructed its 1962 education building during the pastorate of Reverend Howard Creecy, Sr., of New Orleans. Reverend Rochester Johnson served from 1972 to 1992 and oversaw construction of a fellowship hall. The Church buried a centennial capsule near the hall s entrance in 1989. The parsonage, parking lot, education wing, and fellowship wing complete the Church s physical plant. First Missionary Baptist Church was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and
Heritage in 2001, while Reverend B. K. Marshall was pastor.
HM NumberHM1Y0E
Year Placed2004
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and the First Missionary Baptist Church
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 652670 N 3456393
Decimal Degrees31.23175000, -85.39700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 13.905', W 85° 23.82'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 13' 54.3" N, 85° 23' 49.2" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 314-370 Chickasaw St, Dothan AL 36303, US
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