First Baptist Church, Norfolk

Historical Significance

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.

Physical Description

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
Phone: 757-622-6701
Fax: 757-622-9197


First Baptist Church of Norfolk

First Baptist Church of Norfolk

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Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “First Baptist Church, Norfolk,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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