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First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member krsmith2
N 35° 08.201 W 090° 02.613
15S E 769372 N 3892203
Quick Description: The history of the two churches, First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 12:57:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMEEW3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
Views: 8

Long Description:
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First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church was designed by architect R. H. Hunt and built in 1906. It is constructed of yellow bricks along a Georgian-architectural style. It housed a congregation of 2,200 members which organized the first Sunday School in the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1907, when this building was dedicated, it was considered one of the finest Baptist church structures in the South.

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Mt. Olive CME Church

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Founded in 1848, Mt. Olive Cathedral Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, an african-American congregation under the leadership of the Rev. W. A. Johnson, purchased this building from First Baptist Church in 1947. In 1950, two years before the congregation moved into its new building, the Rev. Johnson died and his funeral was held at the First Baptist Church. Under the guidance of the Rev. Phillip E. Brooks, Sr., in 1952, the congregation moved to this location.
Marker Name: First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church 4E 130 Memphis, TN

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Building

Marker Number: 4E 130

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Tennessee Historical Commission


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