Founded by Lewis Bailey in 1883, who was born a slave in Virginia, the Ebenezer Baptist Church is one of the oldest African American Baptist in Eastern Prince William County. Bailey had been separated from his family before the start of the American Civil War. He had been sold to a Texas slave owner.
After the end of the war, he walked back to Northern Virginia so he could reunite with his family and organized the creation of the church.
The original church burned down in 1923. It was rebuilt in 1924.
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Ex-slave Lewis H. Bailey organized Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1883. It is one of the oldest African-American Baptist congregations in Eastern Prince William County. The original church, built on this site in 1883–1884, was one of Occoquan’s first churches. Fire destroyed it in 1923. The current cinder block church was built in 1924.
Town of Occoquan
209 Washington Street, Occoquan, VA, 22125 United States
38° 40′ 58.260″ N, 77° 15′ 36.642″ W