Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church - McKinley, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 32° 17.984 W 087° 32.107
16S E 449620 N 3573785
Quick Description: Located on County Road 38 near Catherine, AL this marker describes the beginnings and history of the Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 4/13/2014 5:45:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMKGY9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
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Long Description:
Marker Text:

Following the Civil War and emancipation, newly freed African Americans, who had worshiped in the Bethel Church in McKinley while enslaved, established their own Bethel Church in a wooden house at the rear of the current church site. In the mid-1880s, this black Bethel Church became Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth Borden deeded five acres of land to the church in 1894, and Rev. J.A. Lawson led the effort to erect a new building the same year. The structure was bricked during the pastorate of I.C. Acoff in 1936. Until the mid 1950s, McKinley School for African American elementary grade students was attached to the church. Original members of the church are buried in the church yard cemetery.
Marker Name: Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information::
Erected by the Alabama Historical Association.


Date Dedicated / Placed: 2011

Marker Number: Not Listed

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