“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)

John Elbridge Hines

(October 3, 1910 – July 19, 1997)

John Elbridge Hines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Ward, September 30, 2009
1. John Elbridge Hines Marker

John E. Hines was born in Seneca, South Carolina. He attended the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee) in Virginia Theological Seminary, where he observed social troubles caused by the Great Depression in 1933. Hines became an assistant director in St. Louis, Missouri; there he continued to develop his ministry, which aimed to address social ills. While in St. Louis, Hines met Helen Orwig (1910-1996), whom he married in 1935. The 2 reared 5 children.

In 1937, Hines became director of a church in Augusta, Georgia, and in 1941, he was named Director of Christ Church (later Christ Church Cathedral) in Houston. In 1945, Hines became Bishop Coadjutor and moved his family to Austin; during his term, he spoke in favor of equality for women and African-Americans in the church. In 1955, Hines returned to Houston and became the 4th Bishop of Texas, continuing to focus on social justice. In 1965 Hines was installed as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He built many institutions, including the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, and called for change in church
John Elbridge Hines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Ward, September 30, 2009
2. John Elbridge Hines Marker
A group of people is shown at the marker dedication ceremony.
priorities, proposing the general convention special program (GCSP), a plan to offer financial assistance to minority groups organized for self-determination. The GCSP led many parishes to initiate social outreach ministries. In addition, Hines led the movement for corporate divestment in South Africa, playing a vital role in applying financial pressure to end apartheid. However, some were critical of the Bishop’s reforms. Hines retired in 1974, moving with Helen to North Carolina; they returned to Austin in 1993. Hines died in 1997, though his impact continues to be felt in Texas, and throughout the nation and the world.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15862.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 30° 17.595′ N, 97° 43.95′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from East 32nd Street east of Duval Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located on the Seminary of the Southwest Campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 E 32nd Street, Austin TX 78705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanley and Emily Finch House (approx. ¼ mile away); Whitley-Keltner House (approx. ¼ mile away); J. Frank Dobie House
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Campus (approx. 0.3 miles away); Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rebecca Kilgore Stuart Red (approx. 0.3 miles away); All Saints’ Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Buen Retiro (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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