Church Spring and School

Church Spring and School (HMUTH)

Location: Florence, AL 35630 Lauderdale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 47.735', W 87° 40.439'

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(Circa 1840-1895)

About 1849, African-Americans began holding religious services in a brick cow shed overlooking the town spring near the site. It was purchased in 1857 by the local Methodists for this congregation, with Robin Lightfoot, a slave as its pastor. In 1879, it was organized as St. Paul's African-American Methodist Episcopal Church. Children of slaves and freemen were taught here in early years. In 1866, the Freedmen's Bureau established a school for the children of African-Americans, probably at this location.
Placed ByFlorence Historical Board Florence Alabama
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 438344 N 3850581
Decimal Degrees34.79558333, -87.67398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.735', W 87° 40.439'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 44.10" N, 87° 40' 26.34" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 217 Veterans Dr, Florence AL 35630, US
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