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Hitchcock in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

 
 
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
1. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. The first African-American families moved to Hitchcock in 1892, and by 1900 additional families had joined them. Many would form the nucleus of the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church when it was organized in 1901. The Rev. J. L. Luckett served as first pastor to the young congregation, which met in homes for worship services. Charles Monroe and Walter King served as the first deacons.

In 1902, the congregation was given land and a building for their purposes. The building was moved onto the new church property and served until the church purchased land on North Railroad Avenue and constructed a new building about 1910. The 1932 hurricane severely damaged the sanctuary, but with the help of members and friends in the community, the church was rebuilt.

Over the years, as the congregation grew and ministries were expanded, additional buildings and facilities were constructed to serve the church's needs. Baptisms were held in nearby Highland Creek for the first 50 years. In 1968, the congregation moved to this site.

With strong historical associations to the development of Hitchcock, and with its emphasis on music, worship, outreach and fellowship, the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church has played an important role in the religious and cultural history of the community.
 
Erected
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
2. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marker
2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12707.)
 
Location. 29° 20.665′ N, 94° 59.745′ W. Marker is in Hitchcock, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairwood Road and South Ridgecrest Drive, on the right when traveling north on Fairwood Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6609 Fairwood Road, Hitchcock TX 77563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stringfellow Orchards (approx. 1.4 miles away); Frank Bell Jr. (approx. 2.2 miles away); City of Hitchcock (approx. 2.3 miles away); La Marque (approx. 2.5 miles away); Paul's Union Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Settlement Community (approx. 2.8 miles away); U. S. Naval Air Station (approx. 3.1 miles away); Camp Wallace (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hitchcock.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marquee image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
3. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Marquee
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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