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I. African American Churches

African American Church Histories in the Library of Virginia  

African American Churches in Virginia (1865-1900)  

Many churches have websites that include the history of the church. Examples:   

Galloway United Methodist Church was founded in 1867 by George and Harriet Brice who wanted a church for the newly emancipated enslaved. Today, the church building located on Annandale Road is in Falls Church City while the adjacent church cemetery is in Fairfax County. Two people who are buried there include Charles Tinner and Isaac Peyton who served in the Home Guard, an interracial militia which protected residents and property from Confederate raiders.  

Second Baptist Church of Falls Church was planned and organized by Elder Hiram Reed, the pastor of the First Baptist Church, a white church. The church building was used as a school during the week.  

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church: 150 Years Anniversary, 1867-2017  

New Mount Zoar Baptist Church on Braddock Road    

Cartersville Baptist Church 132 Anniversary 1863-1995

Mt. Pleasant Church Herndon, Virginia. The church cemetery is located on Coppermine Road in Herndon, Virginia. The original church, which was founded in 1866 by Mary Ellen Naylor Bush, Rev. Fred Cook, Rev. Louis H. Bailey, Rev. William Smith and Brother Temple Cheeks, met in the Old Floris School House. One of the church founders Temple Cheeks served during the Civil War in the US Colored Infantry. In 1882, the church relocated to Horse Pen Rd, today Coppermine Rd., on land donated by Henry Cook. Today, the church is located on Squirrel Hill Rd.

Temple Cheeks: Black American Temple Cheeks was born in Fauquier County. It is unknown whether he had been a slave. At the age of 36 and as a freed man, he enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, Co H, 22nd US Colored Infantry. He reported to the 7th Sub district in DC on October 3, 1864. Temple Cheeks served for one year as a private. After the war, he was living in Herndon, Virginia. In 1866, Temple Cheeks was one of the founders of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, which originally met in the old Floris School.

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Gum Springs, Virginia

Bethlehem Baptist, Gum Springs, Virginia