Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church

Marker ID: THC 3D 67
Location: Maury County, in Columbia, 218 East Eighth Street
County: Maury
Waymark: None


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.