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Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church

  • 218 East 8th Street
  • Columbia, TN 38401
  • Overview

    In October 1843, free blacks in Columbia established Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, the oldest black Baptist congregation in Tennessee. Edmund Kelly was its first pastor. The original church was built several blocks southeast of this site, and it served as a school during the Reconstruction Era. The present building was built in 1885.