Bethel Baptist Church

Bethel Baptist Church (HMK3B)

Location: Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061 Gloucester County
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N 37° 24.606', W 76° 36.489'

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Bethel Baptist Church is one of the oldest African American congregations in Gloucester County. Founded nearby in 1867, it was originally known as the Old Sassafras Stage Church. Members of the congregation built a wooden structure here in 1889, which is the core of the present building. George W. Leigh and Thomas C. Walker, Sr., father of Thomas C. Walker, Jr., served as chairmen of the building committee. During the later years of the 19th century five other churches were organized from this congregation. Thomas C. Walker, Jr. (1862-1953), the first black lawyer in Gloucester County, is buried in the adjoining church cemetery.
HM NumberHMK3B
Marker NumberNW 20
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Reources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 357680 N 4141581
Decimal Degrees37.41010000, -76.60815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.606', W 76° 36.489'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 36.36" N, 76° 36' 29.34" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2927-2991 State Rte 614, Gloucester Courthouse VA 23061, US
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