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Sacred Spaces, Civic Places, and the Building of a Magic City:Celebrating 150 Years of Religious and Civic Growth in Birmingham

February 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Canaan Baptist Church Samford University Library Special Collection University Archives 1280x720 1 Sacred Spaces, Civic Places, and the Building of a Magic City:Celebrating 150 Years of Religious and Civic Growth in Birmingham

Sacred Spaces, Civic Places, and the Building of a Magic City

February 27, 2022

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary

518 19th Street North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

 

Panelists:
Pam King, Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation, UAB Dept of History (retired)

 

Jim Baggett, Head, Archives Dept, Birmingham Public Library

 

Barry McNealy, Historical Content Expert, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Historian

 

Participating Congregations:

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1869

First United Methodist Church, 1872

Cathedral Church of the Advent, 1872

First Presbyterian Church, 1872

The Cathedral of St Paul, 1872

First Baptist Church, 1872

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 1873

Temple Emanu-El, 1882

 

This event is free and open to the public

Childcare will be available

 

In 1871 the City of Birmingham was incorporated by the Elyton Land Company on farmland that would soon be the juncture of two major railroads. The location had everything – coal, iron ore and limestone, all necessary for the soon to be thriving industrial city. At that time, there existed an African-American Methodist congregation that, according to church records, began meeting in tents in 1869. In 1872 Elyton gave five land grants to establish houses of worship for white congregants of five major denominations – Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, United Methodist and Baptist. In 1873 the first Black Baptist church was established downtown. Then in 1882 the first temple was built for the growing Jewish community. These eight congregations comprise Birmingham’s earliest houses of worship, and they are still thriving today and have over a hundred years of sacred and civic commitment to the Magic City. 

Details

Date:
February 27, 2022
Time:
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
518 19th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States
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