Union Baptist Church is 160 years old today.

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 12, 2012

160 years ago the President of the United States of America was Franklin Pierce. African Americans and women could not vote at that time.

160 years later the President is Barack Obama.

160 years ago Blacks were considered slaves.

In Baltimore City a band of African Americans believed in God to the extent, they created the Union Baptist Church of Baltimore on May 12, 1852.

 Union Baptist Church has played an important role in the freedom movement of the African Americans and developed the legal strategy of test cases which has been used by every liberation effort in America.

In its 160 year history, Union Baptist Church has had 10 Pastors: Rev. John Carey was the founding Pastor. Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr is its current Pastor.

Four Pastors of note are: The Rev. Dr. Harvey Johnson who served for 50 yrs; Rev. Dr. Vernon N. Dobson who served for 40 years; Rev. Dr. Baxter L. Matthews who served for 27 years; and Rev. Timothy Boddie who served for 10 years.

Today, May 12, 2012 officially marks the 160th year date of our founding on May 12, 1852. We will celebrate 160 years of faithful service and Christian witness in the Tawes Center of Coppin State University.

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