Some 300 years ago a handful of Baptists in the colony of Virginia set about to form a congregation. Soliciting help from English Baptists, the Baptist Virginians navigated through the obstacles placed before them by the establishment Anglican church. Prospering, by 1750 the colony’s Baptists were a significant presence in the Virginia countryside. Shortly thereafter, the Anglican persecution of Baptists intensified, lasting well into the Revolutionary war years.
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