This post comes via a suggestion from Tom Brown, with a nod to Najwa Dali and her interest in historic African-American churches.
Port Orange’s Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, established in 1911, is the only original building remaining from the Freemanville settlement of freed slaves. The photo of the commemorative plaque on Ridgewood Ave. (near the entrance to Riverside Pavillion Park) will give you more on the history of Freemanville – it can be enlarged for easier reading. This still-active church is located on Orange Avenue, 2 blocks west of Ridgewood Ave. and about 5 blocks north of Dunlawton Ave.
By the way, note the No Trespassing sign tacked to the palm tree in front of the church and know that once again I was forced to violate a property owner’s wishes in order to inform and entertain my loyal followers. (Photos taken March 2, 2012).