“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Jacob Fontaine


Jacob Fontaine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
1. Jacob Fontaine Marker
Inscription. Jacob Fontaine was born in Arkansas and came to Austin about 1850 as a slave of Episcopal minister Edward Fontaine. In 1864 Jacob began preaching separate services for fellow slaves attending the First Baptist Church, then founded the First Baptist Church, Colored, about 1867. Jacob also established five other churches in this area and a county association of Black Baptists. He was politically active; published the “Gold Dollar,” an early black newspaper; and urged black voters to support Austin’s bid for the University of Texas in 1881. He is buried here in an unmarked grave.
Erected 1986 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15048.)
Location. 30° 16.582′ N, 97° 43.707′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Navasota Street and East 16th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Oakwood Cemetery, a few paces to the north (on the left) after entering the western gates of the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. George W. Terrell (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakwood Cemetery
Jacob Fontaine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, December 13, 2014
2. Jacob Fontaine Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Baker (about 300 feet away); Peter Henry Oberwetter (about 300 feet away); Col. Lewis Miles Hobbs Washington (about 300 feet away); Major William Martin “Buck” Walton (about 400 feet away); Swante Palm (about 500 feet away); Abner Hugh Cook (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online - Jacob Fontaine. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016.
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