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

Bethel Union Baptist Church

 
 
Bethel Union Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 12, 2020
1. Bethel Union Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  The La Grange Baptist District Association of Texas was organized in 1874. That same year, land was purchased in Giddings for a church that had recently been organized in a private home. A church building was soon erected, located south of the courthouse in a section of town known as The Flat. At the first service held in the new church, a name was adopted, Willow Grove Baptist Church. Also at that service, the Rev. I. Tolliver was named minister.

Some years later, another church located in The Flat, St. Paul Chapel, and the Willow Grove Baptist Church merged to form one congregation. The church moved to its present site, at the corner of West Dallas and Hempstead streets. Following the union of the two congregations, the name was changed to Bethel Union Baptist Church. The official organization date of the church is 1886.

The church continued to serve its community for a number of years. Eventually, part of the congregation left to form another congregation. Additional property was added to the church in 1911, 1940, 1942, and 1943. Five former pastors of Bethel Union Baptist Church have served as moderators of the La
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Grange Baptist District Association.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8141.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
 
Location. 30° 11.01′ N, 96° 56.736′ W. Marker is in Giddings, Texas, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hempstead Street and South Dallas Street, on the right when traveling west on West Hempstead Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 887 W Hempstead St, Giddings TX 78942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Shorter Chapel, A. M. E. Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Giddings (approx. half a mile away); General Robert E. Lee / Colonel Robert E. Lee (approx. half a mile away); Lee County (approx. half a mile away); Milton Garrett York, Sr. (approx. half a mile away); City of Giddings (approx. half a mile away); Lee County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Giddings.
 
Bethel Union Baptist Church Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 12, 2020
2. Bethel Union Baptist Church Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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