Payne Theological Seminary

Payne Theological Seminary (HMZQI)

Location: Xenia, OH 45385 Greene County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 42.925', W 83° 53.114'

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Payne Theological Seminary was originally established as Union Seminary in West Jefferson, Ohio, by the Ohio Conference of the African Methodist Church (AME) on October 18, 1844. The Cincinnati Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church North met to establish a school for people of African descent, and in 1856, purchased Tawawa Springs, a defunct health resort, to open Wilberforce University, named for the early nineteenth century British abolitionist, William Wilberforce. In 1862 the institution closed due to low enrollment and dwindling funds. AME Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne purchased the school for $10,000, and the school was reopened in 1863 by closing the Union Seminary and merging the assets. In 1895, the department of theology separated from Wilberforce University and became Payne Theological Seminary, named in honor of Bishop Payne. Payne is the oldest, free standing African American Seminary in the United States.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number23-29
Year Placed2007
Placed ByPayne Theological Seminary, Friends For Payne, The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 252678 N 4400152
Decimal Degrees39.71541667, -83.88523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 42.925', W 83° 53.114'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 42' 55.50" N, 83° 53' 6.84" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1208-1252 Wilberforce-Clifton Rd, Xenia OH 45385, US
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