Freeman Tabernacle M.B. Church celebrates 150th Anniversary

Freeman Tabernacle Church celebrates 150 years of community service this year. The church was named after John Harrison Freeman, who pastored the church for 35 years. His granddaughter, Dr. Melissa Freeman, poses along with four descendants of church founding members George and John Pruitt. Pictured from the left are: Edward Pruitt, Wanda Pruitt Lee, Dr. Freeman, and Taleigh and Bridgette Hood

Freeman Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church hosted a Celebration Banquet on Saturday and a special service at the church on Sunday in commemoration of its 150th Anniversary. 

District 4 Councilwoman Cassandra Lee presented a proclamation on behalf of the Moulton City Council at the church’s anniversary service. The church service with Rev. Julius R. Scruggs concluded Freeman Tabernacle’s series of celebrations, which started in January.

Celebrations this year included a church service honoring guests from Smith Chapel C.M.E, a Black History Program with speaker WHNT Channel 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith, and a special service honoring guests from Moulton Baptist Church.

According to a pamphlet presented by the church, Freeman Tabernacle established its first building of worship in July of 1869, although the church’s history dates back even further.

The church was named after John Harrison Freeman, who pastored the church for 35 years beginning sometime between 1870 and 1880. After the original building fell into disrepair, Freeman started construction of the current building in 1929. 

Rev. Freeman died on May 14, 1933, before the cornerstone was laid in 1942.

“Through the years, Freeman Tabernacle has been a school, voting place and community center,” the pamphlet reads, “But most importantly, it has been the place where blacks could sing, shout, pray and worship the Lord freely.”

Freeman Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2871 Byler Road in Moulton.

 Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday Morning Divine Worships is at 11 a.m. and Wednesday Night Bible Study takes place at 7 p.m.

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