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Melissa in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Paul Baptist Church

 
 
St. Paul Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 21, 2021
1. St. Paul Baptist Church Marker
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One of Collin County's oldest black congregations, this church was organized in 1872 by the Rev. Jeff Shirley of Kentucky. Members worshiped beneath a brush arbor before constructing their first church building in 1885 on land purchased from T.E. Shirley. Three years later, Shirley sold them acreage adjacent to Melissa Cemetery for a church burial ground. After the original sanctuary was destroyed by a tornado on April 13, 1921, a new frame building was erected. For over 100 years, this fellowship has held an annual homecoming celebration in May.

Incise on reverse: Faithful Families · Sanders · Clayton · Thomas · Hawkins · Perry · Thornton · Johnson · Crockett · Frazier · Carter · Jackson
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6198.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is April 13, 1921.
 
Location. 33° 17.065′ N, 96° 34.514′ W. Marker is in Melissa, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is at the intersection of McKinney Street and Melissa Road, on
St. Paul Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 21, 2021
2. St. Paul Baptist Church Marker
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the right when traveling south on McKinney Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melissa TX 75454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scott-Barker House (approx. ¼ mile away); Melissa Christian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Melissa School (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Melissa (approx. half a mile away); Melissa Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Corner Post of Uncle Charlie Wysong's Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1.9 miles away); Highland Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ambush at McKinney (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melissa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 1, 2022