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June 22, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Alexander Hill Baptist Church, Virginia Landmark

Alexander Hill Baptist Church, Courtesy Historic Buckingham

Earlier this month, Alexander Hill Baptist Church joined other Buckingham County historic properties on the Virginia Landmarks Register.  It was a long, tedious process.  Congratulations to all who were involved!

The accepted application can be found here: Alexander Hill Baptist Church

Click here for photos of the property: Alexander Hill Baptist Church, Buckingham Co. #014-5054

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As many readers of Slate River Ramblings already know, on January 1, 1867, Buckingham-born Alexander Moseley, Editor of the Richmond Whig, granted a tract of land consisting of 346 acres of land to his former servants. The community became known as Alexander Hill and provided homes and livelihoods not only for nine men grantees, but also for their rapidly expanding families. The tract sits at the headwaters of Ryan’s Creek, just west of Glenmore. The deed transferred the property to nine “men of color,” including Gabriel Palmer, who would become the pastor of Alexander Hill Baptist Church, the first African-American Baptist Church in Buckingham County.

For much more about Alexander Moseley and Alexander Hill, download this issue of the Buckingham Beacon, which contains my article: “The Man Behind Buckingham County’s Alexander Hill Community: Will the Real Alexander Moseley Please Stand Up?”

 

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