First Baptist Church in America

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The First Baptist Church in America is the First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island, also known as First Baptist Meetinghouse. The oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States, it was founded by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638. The present church building was erected in 1774-1775 and held its first meetings in May 1775.

The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.[1]


  1. First Baptist Meetinghouse. National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved on November 17, 2012.