First Zion Missionary Baptist Church Historical

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church Historical (HM1VJM)

Location: Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Broward County
Country: United States of America

N 26° 19.026', W 80° 6.186'

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The settlement of Deerfield was founded on the southeast coast of Florida with the coming of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad in 1896. In 1902, two Methodist missionaries began holding religious services for the community. These early services were held in a palmetto brush arbor, a shelter constructed from foliage. No more than five white families and around forty African-Americans lived in the area. Initially local African-American Methodists and Baptists worshipped together in joint services. The Baptist congregation separated from the Methodists and moved to several locations, including a railroad section house and a one-room house, before settling in a more permanent location in 1905. That year, the first wooden church was built on this property under the administration of Rev. A.J. Thomas and Rev. L.J. Ely. For most of the 20th century, the church continued to expand and the congregation thrived. In 1967 the church building was replaced with this larger, more modern structure. Although the original church is no longer standing, the congregation has worshipped at this location since 1905, making it one of the oldest religious sites in Broward County.
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Year Placed2015
Placed ByFirst Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 9:03am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 589519 N 2911112
Decimal Degrees26.31710000, -80.10310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 19.026', W 80° 6.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 19' 1.56" N, 80° 6' 11.16" W
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Area Code(s)954, 561
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 SW 1st Ct, Deerfield Beach FL 33441, US
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