Tracing its roots to 1780 as the First Baptist Church, the First African Baptist Church was bought and organized by freedmen and slaves in 1841. The present building was erected on the same site in 1876. The establishment of First African Baptist Church led to the organization of other local black churches. In 1865, the site hosted the first Republican State Convention held in Virginia and Jefferson Davis’s last speech as president of the Confederacy, and later a lecture by Booker T. Washington. The Rev. John Jasper, Henry “Box” Brown, and Maggie L. Walker were baptized at First African Baptist Church.
Original Sponsor: First African Baptist Church Historical Commission
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: 301 College St. (corner of Broad and College Streets), Richmond VA.
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