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

Salem United Methodist Church

Salem United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 12, 2018
1. Salem United Methodist Church Marker
Six months after the news of the Emancipation reached Texas in 1865, the Louisiana-Texas-Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church for African Americans, known as the Mississippi Conference, was organized on Christmas Day. In 1868, its mission at Orange began to host worship services. Baptist Minister Arthur Robinson led the mission and was succeeded by Rev. Joseph Hardin, a circuit rider from Galveston, the following year.

The name Salem Methodist Episcopal Church was formally adopted when the mission became a full church in 1873. Church trustees acquired property and constructed a small frame building in 1877. For several years beginning in 1883, students of the African American school at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church attended classes in the Salem church building. As the congregation grew, trustees acquired additional land, and by 1923 brick was added to a second frame building. The sixteenth session of the Texas annual conference was held at Salem Methodist Episcopal Church in 1925.

The church grew steadily throughout the 20th century and maintained an active role in the daily lives of the African American citizens

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of Orange. During the World War II population increase, elementary school classes were held in the Salem church building. Members of the church have been community and state leaders, including political and civil activists, ministers, educators a Vice President of the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the first black and female mayor of the city of Orange. The Salem United Methodist Church continues in the traditions of its founders with programs of service and worship.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12133.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 30° 6.055′ N, 93° 43.957′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on West John Avenue west of North Third Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 West John Avenue, Orange TX 77630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Education in Orange County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Black Education in Orange County (approx. ¼ mile away);
Salem United Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 12, 2018
2. Salem United Methodist Church and Marker
Cox House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hollywood Community Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emma Henderson Wallace (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2018.

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