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Church of Advent, Birmingham, Ala.
"1871: A small group of planters, investors, and railroad men organize the Elyton Land Company to buy 4,150 acres of raw land and to create an industrial center.
1872: Bishop Richard Hooker Wilmer sends a deacon to establish an Episcopal mission in the new town. Philip Fitts arrives to serve congregations in Elyton and Irondale along with the sixteen Episcopalians he reports in Birmingham. Elyton Land Company deeds to the Episcopal Church one quarter of a choice downtown block for five dollars.
1873: A frame church building seating 200 is constructed facing Sixth Avenue (near the location of the present Rector’s Garden). In the first decade, the Church of the Advent has six different rectors (three of whom served a year or less).
1882: The Rev. Thomas Jefferson Beard begins his fourteen-year ministry.
1887: The foundation is laid for a new church structure.
1893: The church in which we worship today is completed..."
(adventbirmingham.org/ about/ our-parish/ history/ )