Advanced Search

Close Search

The Williams’ Temple CME Church at Thomasville, AL (consolidated with Booker City to form Miles College)

In 1898, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, seeking to serve the educational needs of black students opened a school and church in Thomasville, Williams Temple CME Church. Four years later, the CME Church began construction on another facility at Booker City (now called Docena) located near Birmingham. This school was to serve the needs of black students in the north half of Alabama. In 1907, the Thomasville and Booker City schools consolidated into present day Miles College which is located at Fairfield, AL near Birmingham.

The early Thomasville campus had eight or nine buildings.  Students came from distant communities to attend school and were housed in the campus dormitory buildings. When the dorms were destroyed by fire, local folks boarded the students.  Miles College and local trustees provided supplies and salaries. Williams Temple served both as a school and church until the 1930’s.  All that remains at Thomasville today is the Williams Temple Church building which was erected in 1909. It is located on Davis Avenue near downtown Thomasville, AL (GPS coordinates N31.91023,W87.733215).

Source: Williams’ Temple CME Church Historical Marker

3/27/13

Similar Attractions

Visitation Catholic Church at Jackson, AL (c. 1940, listed on the NRHP)

The Visitation Catholic Church is a Mission style building with stucco wall treatment. It was built around 1940. This church is a contributing property to the Jackson Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 135 W. Clinton St. in Jackson, AL (GPS coordinates N31.513794,W87.895762).  

More Info

Turner Corn Crib at Clarke County Historical Museum at Grove Hill, AL

The Turner Corn Crib is believed to have been built with logs taken from the old Turner Fort which was a fortification used to protect settlers during the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814.  Fort Turner was located in west Clarke County near the community of West Bend, AL.  This fortification was constructed with split pine […]

More Info

C. L. Warner House at Jackson, AL (built 1901-1903, listed on the NRHP)

The C. L. Warner House is a 2 1/2 story Queen Anne style house. Its complex roof features jerkinhead or clipped gables on the side elevations. The house has additional regular gables projecting from each side, covering balconies, bays, and ells. Each gable has a fanlight in its pediment. The house features a one-story porch […]

More Info