Historic Markers Across Alabama

Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Bee Ln (County Road 38) near Catherine, AL
County: Marengo
Coordinates: N 32° 17.984    W 087° 32.107
  32.29973333    -87.53511666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKGY9


Following the Civil War and emancipation, newly freed African Americans, who had worshiped in the Bethel Church in McKinley while enslaved, established their own Bethel Church in a wooden house at the rear of the current church site. In the mid-1880s, this black Bethel Church became Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth Borden deeded five acres of land to the church in 1894, and Rev. J.A. Lawson led the effort to erect a new building the same year. The structure was bricked during the pastorate of I.C. Acoff in 1936. Until the mid 1950s, McKinley School for African American elementary grade students was attached to the church. Original members of the church are buried in the church yard cemetery.

Alabama Historical Association.

End of Bethel Hill Missionary Baptist Church