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Reverend David Elias Dibble

(1811 - 1885)

 
 
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By James Hulse, April 16, 2021
1. Reverend David Elias Dibble Marker
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David Elias Dibble was born enslaved in Darien, Georgia and brought to Texas in 1837. He was self-educated and was a carpenter by trade. Dibble became a respected religious and community leader. In 1864, he became an anointed preacher. A year later he organized and became pastor of Houston's first Freedmen's Methodist congregation (formerly an African mission). The congregation later chose the name Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. Dibble and the church trustees worked with the Freedmen's Bureau to unite families in marriage. They also organized a church school which operated until the 1870 opening of the Gregory Institute, for which Dibble was appointed a trustee. Reverend Dibble was a founder of the Mutual Aid Society and member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Texas, Magnolia Lodge No. 3. He also co-founded Olivewood Cemetery, one of the oldest colored cemeteries in Houston (1875). The Trinity and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church congregations held annual festive picnics to celebrate the emancipation of enslaved blacks. These two congregations later formed the Colored People of Harris County
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By James Hulse, April 16, 2021
2. Reverend David Elias Dibble Marker
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Festival Association in 1872. That same year, the association purchased the land to establish Emancipation Park.
 
Erected 2020 by Four Corners Public Art Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 29° 44.173′ N, 95° 21.833′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Emancipation Avenue and Tuam Street, on the right when traveling south on Emancipation Avenue. The marker is located in the eastern corner of the Emancipation Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The Legacy of Emancipation Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Allen (about 500 feet away); Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); St. John Missionary Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Reverend John Henry "Jack" Yates (about 700 feet away); Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); Richard Brock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity East United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .  ELEMENTS OF CHANGE - ​Four Corners Public Art Project
The view of the Reverend David Elias Dibble Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 16, 2021
3. The view of the Reverend David Elias Dibble Marker from the street
. In 1872 Richard Allen, Richard Brock, Jack Yates, and Elias Dibble together bought 4 acres (1.6 ha) of parkland with $800 ($16731.11 in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars).  The men, led by Yates, were members of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.  They did this to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Emancipation Park and Emancipation Community Center are located at 3018 Emancipation Ave in the Third Ward area of Houston. It is the oldest park in Houston, and the oldest in Texas.  (Submitted on April 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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