Considered the mother church of Norfolk's Black Baptists, First Baptist's congregation was organized in 1800 and originally consisted of whites, Free Blacks, and enslaved individuals. The church land was acquired in 1830, but the buildings standing today date to 1906.
The church is an example of the Romanesque Revival, an architectural style which became popular throughout America beginning in the 1880s. The church was designed by Chattanooga architect Reuben H. Hunt in 1906.
Geographical and Contact Information
418 East Bute Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510 Phone: 757-622-6701 Fax: 757-622-9197
Cite this Page:
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “First Baptist Church, Norfolk,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed February 21, 2019, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/140.