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First African Baptist Church - Columbus, Georgia
N 32° 27.789 W 084° 59.188
16S E 689243 N 3593559
Quick Description: This marker stands in front of the church at the corner of 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Columbus, Georgia
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 7:57:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM4W1T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
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Long Description:
The marker reads:

First African Baptist Church

The initial congregation of this church was formed by slaves who had attended Ephesus Baptist Church (later First Baptist), since its organization on February 14, 1829. When a new church was built in 1840 the slaves worshipped in the older building. White ministers served the African Baptist Church until 1862 when Rev. Harry Watson became the first black minister. The church was granted a site at Eleventh Street and Sixth Avenue by the Georgia General Assembly but moved to its current location at a cost of $75,000.00 in 1915. It was renamed First African Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. H. Smith.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the First African Baptist Church – 1994
Type of Marker: Highway

Date: 1994

Sponsor: Historic Chattachooche Commission and the First African Baptist Church

Marker #: Not listed

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