Strong in Faith

Strong in Faith (HM26B1)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.285', W 90° 52.724'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Bethel AME Church

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was founded in 1864 when purchased from the First Presbyterian congregation. The original building, built in 1828, was replaced by the current Romanesque Revival structure in 1912. The church became known as "The Mother Congregation of African Methodism in the State of Mississippi."
Campbell College was built next to the church and became the first African-American college in Mississippi established without the help of whites. In 1897, the college moved to Jackson, Mississippi and was absorbed into Jackson State University.

Vicksburg Proud

One of the early pastors of Bethel, Hiram Revels, was the first African American senator in the United States and president of Alcorn University from 1876 to 1882.

"She (Bethel) has done untold good in bringing about amicable relations between the two races, which is evidenced by the good feelings that exists toward her by a white neighborhood that surrounds her."
Quoted from the book: The Leading Afro-Americans of Vicksburg, Miss, Published in 1908.
HM NumberHM26B1
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699609 N 3581736
Decimal Degrees32.35475000, -90.87873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.285', W 90° 52.724'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 17.1" N, 90° 52' 43.44" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-916 1st E St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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