The Good Shepherd Church 1887-1966

The Good Shepherd Church 1887-1966 (HM1R0L)

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Nassau County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 40.289', W 81° 27.475'

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In May 1887, the original wood frame building of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Fernandina was given to the black congregation and called Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The structure was moved to face east on Ninth Street. The rectors of St. Peter's continued to serve the segregated congregations on Sunday mornings. Father Neil Gray, who served both parishes in the 1950s, called the walk between the two churches his "via dolorosa," or "way of suffering." In the 1950s, Good Shepherd included 59 confirmed adult members and 24 children. In 1964, the Good Shepherd building was destroyed by Hurricane Dora and a new building replaced it two years later. When Hamilton West, the Episcopal Bishop of Florida, declined to consecrate the new church, the black and white congregations were integrated. The new building, although never used as a church, became a youth center and stands on the northwest corner of the campus. The original church bell, which was cast from metal recovered from a pre-Civil War Florida railroad engine, was moved to Camp Weed in Live Oak, the camp of the Diocese of Florida.
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HM NumberHM1R0L
Marker NumberF-846
Year Placed2015
Placed BySt. Peter's Parish and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees30.67148333, -81.45791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 40.289', W 81° 27.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 40' 17.34" N, 81° 27' 28.5" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33 N 9th St, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, US
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