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Green Street Baptist Church [George Wells]

George Wells (1788-1850), was born in Kentucky, and is listed in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census as a free man who is a Baptist minister in Louisville, KY. In 1844, he founded what is today named the Green Street Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Kentucky. The church was located on First Street in Louisville, KY, and moved to Green Street in 1848. It was first called Second African Church, then Second Colored Church, before being given the present name in 1860. Wells was pastor of the church from 1844-1850. The second minister was Rev. Sneathen, who died in the 1870s, and he was followed by Rev. Gaddie. Today the church is located at 519 E. Gray Street. For more see the Green Street Baptist Church Records in the University of Louisville Libraries Special Collections and Archives; Kentucky Historical Marker #1949, at the Kentucky Historical Society Markers Database; A History of Blacks in Kentucky by M. B. Lucas; and History of the United Brothers of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten by W. H. Gibson.

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NKAA Entry: Gaddie, Daniel Abraham, Sr.
NKAA Entry: Gibson, William H., Sr.
NKAA Source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: from slavery to segregation, 1760-1891
NKAA Source: History of the United Brothers of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, a Negro order organized August 1, 1861 in the city of Louisville, Ky

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