First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church (HMTK3)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.78', W 84° 59.18'

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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 in 1915. It was renamed First African Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. H. Smith.
HM NumberHMTK3
Year Placed1994
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and First African Baptist Church
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 689256 N 3593543
Decimal Degrees32.46300000, -84.98633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.78', W 84° 59.18'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 46.80" N, 84° 59' 10.80" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 901 5th Ave, Columbus GA 31901, US
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