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Beale Street Baptist Church

379 Beal St., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 20.7078", -90° 2' 55.294152"
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Founded in the late 1840s by Rev. Morris Henderson and four other blacks, Beale Street Baptist Church is the oldest, continuous Negro congregation in Memphis. Withdrawing from the First Baptist Church, the founders and others met in an old dwelling house until it burned in the 1860s. Later they acquired a lot for $5,000 and held their early meetings in a brush arbor. Soon afterward the present building was constructed. Architects were E.C. Jones and M.H. Baldwin. This was the first brick church in the Mid-South built by and for blacks. (see other side)
It is considered the Mother Church of all black Baptist churches in this area.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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