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Property Name First Baptist Church
Reference Number 13000046
State Virginia
County Prince Edward
Town Farmville
Street Address 100 South Main Street, Farmville, Virginia
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/25/2013
Areas of Significance
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First Baptist Church, at 100 South Main Street in downtown Farmville, Virginia, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places with a statewide level of significance under Criterion A, with the following Areas of Significance: Education, Ethnic Heritage: African American, Law, Politics/Government, Religion, and Social History. The property also is eligible at the statewide level of significance under Criterion B for its association with Reverend L. Francis Griffin, who played a major role in the struggle to integrate Prince Edward County's public schools. The property meets Criteria Consideration A, as its historical significance is derived from its direct association with pivotal events in the county school system's desegregation. The property also meets Criteria Consideration G, for events that occurred less than fifty years ago but that are of transcendent importance in the history of Prince Edward County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The period of significance for First Baptist Church is 1951 to 1964, encompassing the activities of Reverend L. Francis Griffin, the church congregation, and local students and residents to integrate Prince Edward County's schools. First Baptist Church still stands as the place of worship for its predominantly African American congregation. First Baptist Church is a contributing resource within the Farmville Historic District, which is significant for industry, architecture, commerce, and politics/government, and was listed in the NRHP in 1989.


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