Salem Baptist Church, Alton, Illinois (1819- )

Salem Baptist Church, in Alton, Illinois, first organized in 1819, still stands as the only predominantly African American congregation in Madison County, which is situated along the Mississippi River across from Missouri. African American stonemason Madison Banks and white contractor Samuel Marshall, both from Alton, … Read MoreSalem Baptist Church, Alton, Illinois (1819- )

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church (1835- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee is one of three churches that evolved out of Nashville’s historic First Colored Baptist Church (1865-1891).  It traces its origins back to black members of First Baptist Church who first met to hold … Read MoreMount Olive Missionary Baptist Church (1835- )

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, Nashville, Tennessee (1835- )

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill lays claim to the designation as the oldest continuously operating African American church in Tennessee because it traces its origin back to First Baptist Colored Mission which first met to hold prayer services in 1835.  Up to that point Nashville’s … Read MoreFirst Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, Nashville, Tennessee (1835- )

People’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1873- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” People’s Baptist Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, thrived for the first half of the 20th century as the state’s first and only black congregation.  It served a New England coastal community where African Americans represented 4% of the population.  People’s Baptist … Read MorePeople’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1873- )

First Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock Arkansas (1845- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” First Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas is the oldest black church in the state.  It was founded by Reverend Wilson Brown, a self-taught slave minister, in 1845. Brown had attended the predominantly white church Missionary Baptist in Little Rock … Read MoreFirst Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock Arkansas (1845- )

First Baptist Church, St. Louis, Missouri (1817- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” First Baptist Church in St. Louis, founded as First African Baptist Church, is the oldest continuously operating black church in Missouri. The precursor to the church was founded by John Peck and James Welch, two white Baptist missionaries sent west in … Read MoreFirst Baptist Church, St. Louis, Missouri (1817- )

Pilgrim Baptist Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1863- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Pilgrim Baptist Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the oldest African American church in the state of Minnesota. A group of escaped slaves began worshiping together in 1863, and under the leadership of fellow escaped slave Robert Thomas Hickman, the church … Read MorePilgrim Baptist Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1863- )

Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Natchez, Mississippi (1854- )

Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Natchez, Mississippi traces its origins as far back as 1837 in a shared legacy with First Baptist Church and later Wall Street Baptist Church, two predominantly white congregations in Natchez in 1850.  It is however recognized as the oldest … Read MoreRose Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Natchez, Mississippi (1854- )

The Kansas City Monarchs (1920-1965)

The Kansas City (Missouri) Monarchs were the most prominent baseball team to play in the Negro Leagues. Formed in 1920, they were also the longest-running team in the Leagues, disbanding in 1965. Many famous players were on the Monarchs roster, including the hall of fame … Read MoreThe Kansas City Monarchs (1920-1965)

African Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts (1805- )

Officially founded on August 8, 1805 by the Reverend Thomas Paul, The African Baptist Church is the oldest black church in Massachusetts.  The first meeting of the congregants took place around 1800.  Thomas Paul and Scipio Dalton formed the African Baptist Church after a group … Read MoreAfrican Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts (1805- )