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10/20/13 — Many have 'First' in their names, but Bear Marsh is the original

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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

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The Bear Marsh Baptist Church today.

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The Bear Marsh Baptist Church in 1896.

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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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