Minister. Founder and first pastor of Atlanta's oldest African-American congregation, Friendship Baptist Church. Organized as the First Colored Baptist Church in 1862 under Quarles, with 25 members, when congregation separated from the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Services were held initially in a box car near Walton Street. The church later moved to Luckie Street and eventually settled on the corner of Haynes and Market Street. With increasing membership they purchase property on West Mitchell Street and renamed their congregation Friendship Baptist Church. In 1879, the church held first classes of the Atlanta Baptist Seminary, known today as Morehouse College and in 1881 Spelman College began in its basement. Quarles served as pastor from 1862 until his death in 1891. During his pastorate the church membership was significantly increased from 25 to 1,750 members.
Created by: Curtis Jackson
Record added: Aug 10, 2013
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