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Freemason Street Baptist Church is sometimes described as "A church with a heart in the heart of the city". Founded in May of 1848 with 77 charter members - emphasis on open-minded fellowship that would focus on social justice and church missions was established.

Thomas U. Walter who was the archtect for the U.S. Capital Dome, was also responsible for designing the sanctuary - now listed on the National Historical Register. Currently undergoing extensive renovations, Freemason Street Baptist will emerge with even greater beauty over the next few months. I will be updating this page as each of these milestones are accomplished.

Since it's original construction, the Sanctuary remains a haven for quiet solace in seeking God's Mercy, and as a focal point for the joyful celebration of bringing God's Word to all who choose to listen.

For more information about Freemason Street Baptist Church, please visit their website: To visit in person, the church is located at 400 East Freemason Street, Norfolk VA 23510. Telephone: (757) 625-7579.

- Excerpts from Freemason Street Baptist Church History used with permission.
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