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Alice in Jim Wells County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

First Baptist Church of Alice

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Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 20, 2022
1. First Baptist Church of Alice Marker
Inscription.  In 1900, the Rev. Robert L. Pearce and his wife moved to Alice from Rockport and established the Alice Baptist Church with six other charter members: Mrs. George Adams, Leola McKenzie, Mrs. Bettie Sedwick, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Thigpen, and Mary Wood. Members met in the Episcopal Church of the Advent building and in the Knights of Pythias hall above Newberry General Store on Main Street. In 1903 the congregation purchased its own land. W. B. Kendall, a friend of the Rev. Mr. Pearce, built a modest frame building, which became known as "The Little Red Church House.” He donated the lumber for the building, pews and pulpit.

By 1920, the congregation had outgrown the little church. It was moved and a new edifice erected. For three years, the new structure had no ceiling and was referred to as a tabernacle. The "Little Red Church House” was converted into a parsonage in 1924. By 1937,the church had a membership of 578, and in 1939 trustees purchased land at this site. A new brick building was completed in 1940, and additions and alterations were made in the following decades to accommodate the growing congregation.

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Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 20, 2022
2. First Baptist Church of Alice
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1920s and 1980s, First Baptist Church helped to establish several missions which evolved into independent churches, including Primera Iglesia Bautista, First Baptist Church of Orange Grove, Second Baptist Church of Alice (now West Main Baptist Church), and West Shore Baptist Church. At the dawn of the 21st century, First Baptist Church of Alice continues to support programs of worship, education, outreach and community service.

Incise in base: Given in memory of Mrs. Ivor Connell Dean
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 27° 45.134′ N, 98° 4.32′ W. Marker is in Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd Street and North Adams Street, on the right when traveling west on East 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 East 2nd Street, Alice TX 78332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alice (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jim Wells County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Alice (about 500 feet away); McGill Brothers Building
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Jose de Escandon (approx. ¼ mile away); Jim Wells County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alice Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alice.
More about this marker. This marker is not included in the Texas Historical Commission's Atlas.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2022, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2022, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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Mar. 31, 2023