First Baptist Church of Covington

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First Baptist Church of Covington, historically the city’s largest African American congregation, was organized in 1870. The first church, built in the early 1870s, was demolished to make way for a Gothic Revival frame edifice built about 1890 on the 300 block of South Maple Avenue. In 1911, the African American construction firm James R. Hunter & Sons built the sanctuary that now serves the congregation at 337 South Lexington Avenue. The Gothic/Colonial Revival brick building of 1911 features a corner belfry tower, lancet-arched, stained-glass windows, and a modernistic 1955 education wing designed by parishioner Forrest A. Harvey III.

Last Updated: February 17, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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