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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2021
1. St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  

According to oral tradition, this congregation began in 1886 as an evening Sunday school which met on Elm Street. The Rev. Charlie Gipson served as first pastor. A church building was constructed in 1906, during the pastorate of the Rev. L.M. Holmes, and the congregation has worshiped at the current site since about 1920. Early pastor E.J. Howard was elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1936. Over the years, St. Luke A.M.E. Church has provided a significant source of service and leadership to Waco's Black community.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4461.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 31° 34.303′ N, 97° 7.061′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of East Church Street and Taylor Street, on the left when traveling west on East Church Street. The marker is located
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on the northwest wall of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 East Church Street, Waco TX 76704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Quinn College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Doris Miller (approx. ¼ mile away); Toliver Chapel Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Westley United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Going Up The Chisholm Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Washington Avenue Bridge at Brazos River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jacob de Cordova (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
The St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2021
2. The St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church and Marker
The view of the St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church from across the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2021
3. The view of the St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church from across the street
The St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 19, 2021
4. The St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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