Many have 'First' in their names, but Bear Marsh is the original
By Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on October 20, 2013 1:50 AM
The Bear Marsh Baptist Church today.
The Bear Marsh Baptist Church in 1896.
Ann Byrd, one of the longest running members of Bear Marsh Baptist Church, works on the church bulletin board with her granddaughter, Ava, Friday.
MOUNT OLIVE -- There are First Baptist churches, and then there is "The First" Baptist church -- the progenitor, the predecessor, the true "mother church" of the rest of Baptist churches, older than the United States itself -- Bear...
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