Historic John the Baptist Church

Historic John the Baptist Church (HM1DD1)

Location: Pensacola, FL 32502 Escambia County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 24.938', W 87° 12.241'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
This is the site of John the Baptist Church, one of the oldest Baptist Churches in Pensacola. In 1846 the First Baptist Colored Church of Pensacola, known today as Historic John the Baptist Church, was organized in the Seville Square community. The church served black and white Baptists until the Civil War (1861-1865). Retreating and invading armies threatened to burn Pensacola, causing all residents except 72 white and 10 black people to relocate to Alabama. During the war, African-American Baptists kept this, the only Protestant church in Pensacola open. After the war, a dispute arose between black and white Baptists regarding the church property. In 1866, black Baptists wrote a letter to the Freedmen's Bureau explaining that the black Baptists purchased the property and "upon it erected a place of worship." The letter also explained that the property had always been in use of the congregation and that since the war others claimed control of it. In 1870, the black congregations relocated, under the leadership of Rev. Robert Ahrens (c. 1833-1925), to this site in the Hawkshaw community. The Seville Square church housed a Freedmen's Bureau school and the church at Hawkshaw housed a school for children and adults.
HM NumberHM1DD1
Marker NumberF-692
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Congregation of the Historic John the Baptist Church and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:46am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 480405 N 3364860
Decimal Degrees30.41563333, -87.20401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.938', W 87° 12.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 56.28" N, 87° 12' 14.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 E Salamanca St, Pensacola FL 32502, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
0.07 miles
Stephen R. Mallory
0.3 miles
John Innerarity
0.3 miles
Ebenezer Dorr
0.31 miles
Eugenio Antonio Sierra
0.31 miles
Don Manuel Gonzalez
0.31 miles
P.K. Yonge
0.32 miles
Jose Noriega
0.34 miles
Salvador T. Pons
0.34 miles
Daniel Sullivan
0.34 miles
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?