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St. John's Methodist Church (Shelbyville, Kentucky)

The St. John United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky was a historic church located on College Street, it was built in 1896 and added to the National Register in 1984. It was deemed to be the "best local example of frame Gothic Revival religious architecture" and an "important landmark in the evolution of black religious history in Shelbyville."The congregation was affiliated with the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. The land to build a church was acquired from David H. Wayne in 1887, but construction did not commence until 1894, being completed in 1896. Over the next century, many notable figures in the African American history of Shelby County were members here, including Zora Clark, the first African American in the county to receive a nursing degree. S. Baxter, the first African American elected to the Shelbyville city council. After various conference mergers, it became a congregation of the United Methodist Church, in 1996, moved to a modern worship space at 212 Martin Luther King Junior Street nearby.

The church building appears no longer to exist. The church was one of the best local examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture, known for its tall steeple and 30 stained glass windows. At the time of its construction, it was the largest African American congregation in town, served the largest congregation

Durante Nobili

Durante Nobili was an Italian painter of the Renaissance period. He was born in Caldarola, he was a pupil and collaborator of Lorenzo Lotto from 1550 al 1553. After his apprenticeship, he worked in Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, Matelica and Corridonia. In 1535, he painted Madonna and child with Saints Cosmo and Damiano for the sacristy of the church of San Martino in Caldarola, he painted an altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception and a Madonna of the Rosary for the church of San Gregorio Magno, a Conversation regarding the Immaculate Conception for Massa Ferrara, a Crucifixion with Saints Nicola da Tolentino, Antonio da Padova and with a Resurrection and Descent to Purgatory below for a church in Marca Montana, near Matelica. The work is inspired by Lotto's work for the church of Santa Maria in Telusiano in Monte San Giusto