Basil Manly and the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention


The second president of the University of Alabama (1837-1855) and a noted Baptist preacher, Basil Manly exercised significant leadership among Alabama Baptists. In 1844 Manly championed the Alabama Resolutions which helped lead a separation from the Triennial Convention and to the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845.
Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama


According to the March 22, 1845, issue of The Alabama Baptist:

A resolution by the Virginia Board of Foreign Missions was printed calling for Baptists of the South to meet in Augusta, Georgia, to confer about the best way of promoting foreign missions causes. The resolution came after the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions of the Triennial Convention told Alabama Baptists they would not appoint a slave holder as missionary or accept money from a church of slave holders because to do so would imply acceptance of slavery. (TAB)

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