|George Washington Memorial Highway|
Postal Code: 23083
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Established 1903. Located beside Abingdon Episcopal Church on George Washington Highway (US 17) between Ordinary and White Marsh.
The church cemetery is located immediately south of Abingdon Episcopal Church, 4645 George Washington Memorial Highway, White Marsh, Va. It is associated with the First United Baptist Church, in Ordinary near Gloucester, which was the result of a merger between Union Prospect Baptist Church and Berea Baptist Church. It dates back to 1868, when freed black Christians left Providence Baptist Church to form their own church. They purchased the Old Glebe Meeting House and organized the First Baptist Church for Colored People. After a time the group separated; one group remained on the Old Glebe Meeting House grounds and became the Union Prospect Baptist Church, and the other group left First Baptist and became Berea Baptist Church. In the early 1960's, Union Prospect and Berea Churches shared their pastors, the Reverend William Anderson and later the Reverend H. B. M. Faunteroy, who encouraged church members to consolidate the two churches which met on alternate Sundays. On December 29, 1961, Union Prospect Baptist Church and Berea Baptist Church became The First United Baptist Church with Reverend H. B. M. Faunteroy as pastor. This church still maintains the grounds even though internments are less frequent.
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