Howard History

New sanctuary for First Baptist

April 08, 2007

As reported April 10, 1967, in The Sun:

A new building was dedicated in Elkridge to replace the 128-year-old First Baptist Church that was destroyed by a two-alarm fire set by an arsonist 19 months ago.

Predominantly white church-goers and residents of the Howard County community had rallied to help the Negro congregation of the First Baptist Church build its new structure. A predominantly white Episcopal church offered financial assistance and provided a temporary place for the Baptist congregation to hold services.

A white Baltimore carpenter was convicted last spring of setting the Labor Day fire in 1965 which demolished all but the steeple and part of the front wall of the old stucco structure.

[ Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.]

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