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St. Paul United Methodist Church

 
 
St. Paul United Methodist Church Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 22, 2014
1. St. Paul United Methodist Church Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. In 1873, several inhabitants of Freedman's Town, a community of recently freed people just north of the Dallas city limits, met with Methodist Ministers Rev. H. Oliver and Rev. William Bush under a brush arbor to organize the area's first African American Methodist Episcopal Church. Oliver became St. Paul's first pastor. Dallas Postmaster Anthony Norton donated the first church site upon which the congregation built a small frame sanctuary, which was also used as a school for African American children. In partnership with the Perkins School of Theology, the church provided training for African American ministers. Samuel Huston College (later Huston-Tillotson University), organized in 1876, held its first classes at the church.

In 1901, the congregation began constructing a new brick-clad sanctuary by digging and finishing a concrete basement, called "Noah's Ark," where services were held during the 26 years it took to complete the sanctuary. Construction proceeded fitfully as material became available. Tradition holds that the fašade has five different shades of brown brick because, for many years, parishioners brought bricks for the offering. Finally completed in 1927 under the leadership of Pastor George Deslandes, the sanctuary cost $80,000. The Gothic Revival style was derived from a design by William Sidney Pittman, Dallas'
St. Paul United Methodist Church with Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 22, 2014
2. St. Paul United Methodist Church with Texas Historical Marker
first African American architect. Although around 1950 highway construction began to demolish the North Dallas neighborhoods served by the church, St. Paul endured as a political, cultural and spiritual center under the leadership of Pastor I.B. Loud (1948-1980) and his successors.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17802.)
 
Location. 32° 47.519′ N, 96° 47.786′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Routh Street and Wade Street, on the right when traveling north on Routh Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1816 Routh St., Dallas TX 75201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moorland YMCA Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel C.C. Slaughter (approx. 0.6 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central National Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing); Dallas County Records Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (approx. 1.1 miles away); Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dallas.
 
More about this marker. An Historic Marker Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony was held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 22, 2014 to unveil and dedicate this marker.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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