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

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
1. Bethlehem Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. The oldest black Baptist congregation extant in Terrell, this church traces its history to 1877, when a group of worshipers led by missionary A.R. Griggs met under a brush arbor. With the Rev. P.W. Upshaw serving as first pastor, church members erected a sanctuary at what is now the 400 block of East Grove Street. The building was moved to the corner of S. Virginia and Cottage streets in 1889. A new facility, built in the early 1900s, was relocated to this site in 1929. It was destroyed in a 1939 fire and replaced by a new structure in 1940.
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9420.)
Location. 32° 43.961′ N, 96° 16.751′ W. Marker is in Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of South Frances Street and West Rochester Street, on the left when traveling north on South Frances Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 South Frances Street, Terrell TX 75160, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas & Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (approx. mile away); The American National Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940)
Bethlehem Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, September 3, 2016
2. Bethlehem Baptist Church
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert A. Terrell Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carnegie Library Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carnegie Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Henry Burnett (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church of the Good Shepherd (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Terrell.
Also see . . .  Bethlehem Baptist Church website. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas.)
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016.
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