Gillfield Baptist Church

209 Perry Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803


Gillfield Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia, established in 1797, is the second oldest African-American congregation in Petersburg and one of the oldest in the country. It has the oldest handwritten record book of any black church.

The collection of church minutes presented here include material about the financial operation of the church, numerous reports, membership lists; baptism names and dates; notices of deaths or those ill; election of deacons and appointments of ministers and other church officials; lists of dismissals for church offenses. The minutes of Gillfield Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia were borrowed from the church and digitally scanned in the early 1990s. To make arrangements to see them, contact VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives at


Gillfield Baptist Church

(804) 732-3565