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107-0039 First Baptist Church of Covington

First Baptist Church of Covington
Photo credit: John Kern/DHR, 1993

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VLR Listing Date 06/13/2001

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/2002

NRHP Reference Number 01001518

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.

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

Updated: January 14, 2022