Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Baptist Church East Nashville

Marker ID: NHC 
Location: 601 Main Street, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 10.440    W 086° 45.755
  36.174    -86.76258333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Founded in 1866 under the direction of Rev. Randall B. Vandavall, First Baptist Church East Nashville built. This Classical Revival building between 1928 and 1931, during the height of Rev. W.S. Ellington’s career. Nashville artist Francis Euphemia Thompson painted the distinctive baptistry murals in the 1950s and 1960s. At that time the church served as a frequent meeting place for the African-American community during the Civil Rights Movement.

Donated by FBC East Nashville


Erected: 2007