Historic Markers Across Alabama

Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Williams Avenue east of Gallatin Street, Huntsville, AL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 43.62    W 086° 35.116
  34.727    -86.58526666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church
Located here 1872-1964
Oldest Negro congregation in Alabama.

Organized 1829 by William Harris, a slave, who was minister more than 50 years. Original church, called Huntsville African Baptist, stood 4 blocks south in Old Georgia Graveyard. In 1870, this church and 3 others formed Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association. Congregation occupied brick church on this site 1872-1964. In 1965, moved to new building 3020 Belafonte Ave., N.W. Present name honors Bartley Harris, saintly second minister. Other pastors: Felix Jordan, Eli Patton, Richard Moore, Amos Robinson.

Marker erected in 150th anniversary year.

Erected 1970 by Alabama Historical Association

End of Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church