Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd / Founding Members

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd / Founding Members (HM23PR)

Location: Mobile, AL 36617 Mobile County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 42.601', W 88° 5.214'

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Est. 1854 / May 28, 1854

Alabama's oldest African-American Episcopal congregation was fostered in Trinity Church by the Reverend J. A. Massey. The Right Reverend Nicholas H. Cobbs, D.D., Alabama's first Episcopal Bishop confirmed the seven founding members, free and
enslaved men and women, on May 28, 1854.

Initially, services were held in the "Love and Charity Hall" on Dearborn Street and
St. Michael Street. The first church was built on the north side of St. Michael Street
between Cedar Street and Warren Street. In 1884, the congregation moved to a new
location at 554 State Street.

From 1896-1912, the church was served by its first African-American priest, the
Reverend J.J.N. Thompson. In 1930, the Reverend F. H. Threet, a parishioner, became
the first African-American priest to receive ordination in the Diocese of Alabama.

The current site was dedicated on May 28, 1964, the 110th year anniversary, under the leadership of the Reverend John W. B. Thompson.

We will continue to love and serve the community, giving thanks to God for our rich


Founding Members
May 28, 1854
John Bryan
Joshua Davis
Mariah Davis
William Johnson
Hynson Jones
James Scott
Lucy Trueheart
HM NumberHM23PR
Year Placed2017
Placed ByDora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 395922 N 3397969
Decimal Degrees30.71001667, -88.08690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 42.601', W 88° 5.214'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 42' 36.06" N, 88° 5' 12.84" W
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Area Code(s)251
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 605 Donald St, Mobile AL 36617, US
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