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St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

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St. Mark was founded in the late 1880s by Punta Gorda's African American pioneer, area businessman and civic leader, Dan Smith. Smith named the church and was ordained as the first deacon. Dan Smith's wife, Louisa Evans was a Baptist, and according to his grandson, Smith founded St. Mark's to please his wife.

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  • Black Heritage Trail,
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  • Historic Sites & Monuments, Religious Landmarks,

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