Court Street Baptist Church

Court Street Baptist Church (HMDHC)

Location: Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.195', W 76° 18.05'

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Path of History, Portsmouth, VA

Established in 1789, the Portsmouth and Norfolk Baptist Church served as the first Baptist congregation in South Hampton Roads. The name was changed in 1791 to Portsmouth Baptist Church and again in 1855 to its current name, Court Street Baptist Church. This Romanesque Revival-style church is the third building to occupy the site and contains the cornerstone of the previous building.

Black members of Court Street Baptist Church worshiped in the basement until May 1865 when 318 of the congregation founded their own church, Zion Baptist. This church became the second African-American Baptist Church established in Portsmouth. Located on Green Street, it is still in use today.
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 3:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384006 N 4077533
Decimal Degrees36.83658333, -76.30083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.195', W 76° 18.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 11.70" N, 76° 18' 3.00" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 435-447 Court St, Portsmouth VA 23704, US
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