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History

THE LITTLE CHURCH OF HAMILTON SQUARE

The Little Church of Hamilton Square is a publication with a rich and fascinating collection of photos, writings, and wonderful historical facts concerning the beginnings of Hamilton Square from the early growth of a very young city during the early 1800's to the present.

"The Hamilton Square Baptist Church (originally Zion Baptist Church) was born in the heart and mind of Gustavus W. Schroeder.  In April of 1844, as a 23-year-old seaman, Schroeder went on voyage from New York City to New Orleans.  He was converted in New Orleans at a Methodist church in response to a sermon preached on the text from Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”  He then studied the Scriptures concerning believers baptism and after his return to New York City, was immersed in the East River on November 3, 1844 by Ira R. Steward (whose daughter he later married).

"Captain Schroeder is one of the first Swedish Baptists of historical record, and was a prime mover in the establishing of Baptist churches in Sweden.  Baptist historians are not aware of the existence of any Baptist churches in all of Sweden at the date of his conversion."

Read for yourself the fascinating and complete history of how God raised and sustained a small Baptist church in the midst of an extremely depraved city by going to The Little Church of Hamilton Square. (This will take a moment to download)