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

Mount Arie (Mount Ararat) Missionary Baptist Church

Mount Arie (Mount Ararat) Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 5, 2007
1. Mount Arie (Mount Ararat) Missionary Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Bartlett was a small farming community in 1898. Black American laborers arrived each fall for the cotton harvest. Thomas Sanders and Nelson Secret and their families called the Reverend F. E. Garrett of Temple to help them establish Mount Arie Missionary Baptist Church in June 1898. Among the first families of the church were those of the Reverend W. M. Muckleroy, Wallace Dotray and C. A. Harris. The small congregation originally met on the Bell County side of Bartlett, but in 1910 had grown enough to prompt a move to Brook Street in Williamson County.

The years 1921 and 1933 were lean ones. The church building was moved to Bowie Street in 1953 because of unstable land on its Brook Street site. The structure was modernized in the 1960s and 1970s. Membership increased dramatically, and the congregation began to integrate after 1977.

The eighth decade of the church's history brought new developments. The congregation moved into a new brick facility in 1980, the same year the church name was changed to Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church after it was discovered that Mount Arie was an abbreviation for the name of the mountain on which Noah's Ark landed as depicted in the Old Testament.

The Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its centennial in June 1998. The congregation supports widespread missionary and outreach programs. The membership and its diversity continue to increase as the congregation carries on in the traditions of its founders.
Erected 1999 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12304.)
Location. 30° 47.586′ N, 97° 26.152′ W. Marker is in Bartlett, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on South Bowie Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 529 South Bowie Street, Bartlett TX 76511, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Bartlett Colored School (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church of Bartlett (approx. ¼ mile away); First United Methodist Church of Bartlett (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bartlett Grammar School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Woman's Wednesday Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Bartlett (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Bartlett (approx. half a mile away); First National Bank of Bartlett (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bartlett.
Categories. Churches & Religion
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