Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Trinity United Methodist Church
This congregation grew from a small mission organized in 1848 for the slave membership of the Houston Methodist Church (now first United Methodist Church). The Rev. Orceneth Fisher served as first pastor of the African mission, which was given a sanctuary of its own about 1851.
On March 5, 1865, the congregation was organized officially by the Rev. Elias Dibble of the Mississippi Mission Conference. Initially known as First Church, Houston, Trinity Methodist Church grew to number 100 within the first year. In 1869 the cornerstone was laid for a sanctuary at 1408 Travis and Bell Streets.
Trinity Methodist Church has been a part of numerous significant events in the history of Houston, including the founding of Wiley College in 1873 and the organization of Texas Southern University in 1925. A number of leaders in Houston politics, education, and fraternal organizations have been members here. Throughout its history the congregation has been responsible for organizing other churches in Houston.
One of the earliest black congregations in Houston, Trinity United Methodist Church has been located at this site since 1951.
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10809.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1865.
Location. 29° 43.877′ N, 95° 21.893′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Live Oak Street and Holman Street on Live Oak Street. The marker is located on the west side of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Holman Street, Houston TX 77004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam (Lightnin’) Hopkins (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reverend John Henry "Jack" Yates (approx. ¼ mile away); Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Legacy of Emancipation Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard Brock (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reverend David Elias Dibble (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard Allen (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.