First Baptist Church

379 Beale Ave., Memphis, Tennessee

Photos 

GENERAL VIEW, FROM NORTHWEST

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

This mid-nineteenth century church was the first brick church built in the South by Negroes for Negro worship. One of its earliest and most notable guest speakers was General U.S. Grant. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 11, 1971
Reference number
71000833
Area of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1869

Tags 

19th Century (36,350)
African-American heritage (1,531)
Brick (42,457)
Built during 1860s (3,608)
Church (5,400)
Memphis, Tennessee (153)
Place of worship (5,749)
Private owner (54,396)
Shelby County, Tennessee (193)
Stucco (7,816)
Tennessee (2,814)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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