Alfred Street Baptist Church

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Alfred Street Baptist Church
Alfred Street Baptist Church.jpg
The new sanctuary in 2009
Alfred Street Baptist Church is located in Alexandria Historical District
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Alfred Street Baptist Church is located in Virginia
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Alfred Street Baptist Church is located in the US
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Location 301 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°48′16″N 77°3′0″W / 38.80444°N 77.05000°W / 38.80444; -77.05000Coordinates: 38°48′16″N 77°3′0″W / 38.80444°N 77.05000°W / 38.80444; -77.05000
Built 1818
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival
MPS African American Historic Resources of Alexandria, Virginia MPS
NRHP Reference # 03001423 [1]
VLR # 100-5015-0001
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 16, 2004
Designated VLR September 10, 2003[2]

Alfred Street Baptist Church was founded in 1803 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States and located in the city’s oldest African American neighborhood, the Bottoms. Three members of the First Baptist Church, Jesse Henderson and two others, bought some land on Alfred Street and built the church. In 1820, it started a Sabbath School for educating all ages. Alfred Street Baptist Church had a white minister until 1863, when it called its first black minister, Rev. Samuel Madden. Later, in the 1920s, Rev. Andrew Adkins of the church created the first high school curriculum for black students in the area. For decades the church has served as a place of education.

Architectural improvements were implemented in the 1880s and in 1994, when a new sanctuary was built. The exterior of the building was preserved, but the interior was greatly improved. Alfred Street Baptist Church is located at 301 South Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  3. ^ Virginia African Heritage Program

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