Historical Marker Dedication: Reverend C. T. Walker

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020

Please join us for the dedication of a new Georgia historical marker:

Reverend C.T. Walker
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
10:30 a.m.

1011 Philips Street
(Home of C.T. Walker)
Augusta, GA 30901

The marker reads:

Reverend C.T. Walker
1858-1921

Rev. Charles T. Walker was born into slavery in 1858 near Hepzibah, later moving to Augusta to study divinity at Augusta Institute (now Morehouse College). Walker received his ordination at Franklin Covenant Baptist Church and established Augusta’s Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1885. Walker traveled to the Middle East and Europe in 1891, visiting the renowned Rev. Charles Spurgeon’s church in London. In 1899, President McKinley appointed him as a Chaplain during the US occupation of Cuba following the Spanish-American War. Walker relocated to Mount Olivet Baptist Church in New York and established the first African-American YMCA in Harlem. Returning to Augusta, he hosted John D. Rockefeller and William Howard Taft at Tabernacle and Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver at the Walker Baptist Institute. Walker lived at 1011 Gwinnett Street until his death in 1921.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Historic Augusta, Inc., and C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School