Luther Rice preached his final sermon at Pine Pleasant Baptist Church (est. 1831). His remains were laid to rest here in the churchyard, at 457 Pine Pleasant Road. Under a distinctive canopy, his tomb has a marble slab with a biographical inscription.
Luther Rice (25 March 1783 – 27 September 1836), was a Baptist minister who, after a thwarted mission to India, returned to America where he spent the remainder of his career raising funds for missions and advocating for the formation of a unified Baptist missionary-sending body, which culminated in establishment of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also raised funds to establish The Columbian College (now The George Washington University) in Washington, DC.
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