First African Baptist Church


E Broad St (at College St), Richmond, VA 22903

First African Baptist Church

The Charlottesville African Church congregation was organized in 1864. Four years later it bought the Delevan building, built in 1828 by Gen. John H. Cocke, and at one time used as a temperance hotel for University of Virginia students. It became part of the Charlottesville General Hospital and sheltered wounded soldiers during the Civil War. The church members laid the cornerstone for a new building in 1877 on the Delevan site, and the First Baptist Church, West Main Street, was completed in 1883. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marker: Q-16, Virginia Department of Historic Resources (1998)

  • <p>The old First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia; on the National Register of Historic Places. The church building is now a property of VCU Medical Center, Medical College of Virginia.</p>