San Augustine in San Augustine County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Jerusalem Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Blacks in San Augustine worshiped together as early as 1845 when two slaves known as Sutton and Bartlett were granted licenses to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. They built a place of worship, referred to as the "Church on the Branch," on a lot thought to belong to local landholder George Teel. After the Civil War the fellowship declined invitations to join independent groups such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and remained part of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
In 1866 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, formed a separate conference for its black members, which was known as the Colored Methodist Episcopal (C. M. E.) Church. The San Augustine "Church on the Branch" joined the conference in 1870 under the pastorate of the Rev. Sam Horton but was not officially known as Jerusalem C. M. E. Church until 1946. The name Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was adopted in 1954.
With its earliest history dating to the pre-Civil War era, Jerusalem memorial C. M. E. Church is considered one of the oldest black congregations in the state. For over a century it has played an important role in the growth of
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7619.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 31° 31.919′ N, 94° 6.758′ W. Marker is in San Augustine, Texas, in San Augustine County. Marker is on North Golden Way Street near West Livingston Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Augustine TX 75972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Murry L. Wortham (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Augustine County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); James Pinckney Henderson (about 700 feet away); Lewis Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Augustine County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Augus Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Augustine City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Red Lander" Office (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Augustine.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.