Franklintown Chapel

Franklintown Chapel (HM13QE)

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Nassau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 34.385', W 81° 27.179'

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The Franklintown community was first populated by ex-slaves from the Samuel Harrison plantation. Franklintown Chapel's congregation was organized in 1880 by Trinity M.E. Church, located in the City of Fernandina at the north end of Amelia Island. The Reverend J.G. Howard served as the chapel's first pastor from 1880-1885.As the congrgation grew, in 1888 ex-slave and Union soldier Gabriel Means and his wife, Edith Drummond Means, donated land for a building. In 1892, Means built the first Franklin Chapel, a one - room, unpainted frame structure. In 1949, that building was demolished to make way for the construction of State Road A1A, and a new building was constructed. In 1972, following the purchase of the entire Franklintown tract by the Amelia Island Company, the 1949 building along with the original bell from 1892 chapel was moved to the American Beach community. American Beach had been established as an African-American ocean playground in 1935 by the Afro-American Life Insurance Company's Pension Bureau under its president Abraham Lincoln Lewis. Today, Franklintown Chapel serves as the Gabriel Lincoln Means Fellowship Hall for the adjacent Franklintown United Methodist Church.

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HM NumberHM13QE
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Marker NumberF- 737
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe American Beach Property Owners' Association, Inc and The Florida Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 4:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 456563 N 3382377
Decimal Degrees30.57308333, -81.45298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 34.385', W 81° 27.179'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 34' 23.10" N, 81° 27' 10.74" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1517-1519 Lewis St, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, US
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