Fourth Ward in Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Reverend Ned P. Pullum
The Rev. Ned P. Pullum was an influential African American pastor in 19th and 20th century Houston. Born c. 1861 in Pickensville, Alabama, he was ordained a Baptist minister by 1889 and in 1895 accepted the pastorate of Antioch Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. In 1896, he moved to the Freedmen’s Town community, founded after emancipation in Houston’s Fourth Ward. Later, he was chosen as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church after the death of the Rev. John “Jack” Yates. In 1898, the Rev. Pullum purchased land at this site and soon began building his family residence here.
In 1903, the Rev. Pullum left the Bethel congregation to organize Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He conveyed land and raised funds to build the church building. He pastored there 24 years until his health began to fail. The Rev. Pullum died on June 18, 1927 and was survived by his wife, Emma (Eddings) and their two children. He is buried in Houston’s College Park Cemetery.
In addition to spiritual leadership, the Rev. Ned P. Pullum provided vital direction in local civic affairs. As a member of Magnolia Masonic Lodge No. 4, he helped
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13640.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is June 18, 1927.
Location. 29° 45.344′ N, 95° 22.87′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. It is in the Fourth Ward. Marker is at the intersection of Andrews Street and Wilson Street, on the left when traveling west on Andrews Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1319 Andrews Street, Houston TX 77019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rutherford B.H. Yates, Sr., House (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Vance Lewis (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of Gregory School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Zion Temple Church - Worldwide Fellowship, Inc. (about 700 feet away); William C. Swearingen (about 800 feet away); Henry Livingston Thompson (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.