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Tampa church gets historic marker
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Tampa church gets historic marker

Tampa, FL -- A downtown Tampa church, that has been around for 118 years, now has a historic designation.

Sunday, a ceremony took place at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church along North Jefferson Street to dedicate the marker.

Church members along with several city officials - including Mayor Bob Buckhorn - attended the ceremony.

The dedication also served as a look back into the historical significance of the church and the role it has played since 1893. It was a focal point for many in the African-American community.

Reverend Oscar Johnson has been the pastor at Greater Bethel since 1978, and is thrilled with the historic marker which now sits out front.

"It does something. It really does," said Rev. Johnson. "When I see that I just look up and say thank you Father. Thank you Father."

The pastor says moving forward, the church will just keep doing what they've been doing, which is helping people in the community.

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