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First Baptist Church - Nashville, Tennessee

Portrait #1847

Served as Pastor from 1850 until 1853
Subject/Title:
Baker, Samuel F.
Artist:Unknown
Date Created: prior to 1853
Owner/Location:First Baptist Church
108 7th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 664-6000
www.firstbaptistnashville.org
Frame Dimensions:14 x 29 (with enclosed narrative)
Image Dimensions:9 1/2 x 8
Materials/Media:Charcoal and crayon ... As submitted photograph of the original
Date Documented:16 February 2012
Condition:Good

Description:Full front bust view. Subject dressed in period suit, vest, tie, and white shirt.
History of Work:Unknown. No records on the painting are housed in the archive collections of the First Baptist Church.
Notes:As pastor from 1850-1853, Reverend Baker led the Church in hosting the 1851 Southern Baptist Convention at which he was elected the first President of the Baptist Bible Board. During his tenure, the music ministry began to take form, resulting in contracting for a choir leader and instrumental performers. Also notable during Pastor Baker's tenure was the ordaining of Nelson G. Merry, a Negro Sexton of the Church as pastor of the Negro Mission which would become a large and influential African American Church. Reverend Merry became a prominent figure and community leader in nineteenth century Nashville.

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