From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

First African Baptist Church (Lexington, KY)

The First African Baptist Church is considered the first west of the Allegheny Mountains and is said to predate the first Baptist Church for whites.

The church was founded by Peter Durrett, a slave also known as Old Captain. Durrett was born in Caroline County, Virginia, in the 1700s and arrived in what is now the state of Kentucky around 1785. He and his wife lived in Lexington, where the First African Baptist Church was located at the corner of what would become known as Lexington Avenue and Euclid Avenue.

Durrett preached to the slaves who were allowed to attend his church. The church began with a congregation of 50 members.

Today the First African Baptist Church is located at 465 Price Road in Lexington.

For more about the history of the church and its preachers, the community, and other African American churches that developed from the First African Baptist Church, see One Grain of the Salt, by Dr. L. H. McIntyre.

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NKAA Source: One grain of the salt : the first African Baptist church west of the Allegheny Mountains

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“First African Baptist Church (Lexington, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 26, 2022,

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