First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, 1937

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Title

First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, 1937

Subject

Presbyterian Church

Description

This photograph shows the First Presbyterian Church in 1937. This building is still in use with additions and renovations over the years.

The First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa was founded by 16 Presbyterians who left Pendleton, SC, to settle on the banks of the Black Warrior River and established the congregation in 1820. The Rev. Andrew Brown was called to be the first pastor. He came from the same area in South Carolina as the original settlers.

The first building was erected at 900 Greensboro Avenue in 1830. Between sixty and ninety persons communed in the new brick church at the beginning of January, 1831.

The growth of the membership rendered the first building inadequate and in 1913 the session began planning a new building. The money was not available but renewed efforts were started in 1919. Anna Price Spence offered to provide half the funds necessary if the membership would raise the other half. By the time the new building was completed Mrs. Spence had contribute $60,000. The new building was dedicated in April 1922.

Source

First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa

Date

1937

Contributor

Elizabeth Bradt (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2469

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)