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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Paul United Methodist Church

 
 
St. Paul United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 5, 2021
1. St. Paul United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  

In 1915, Reverend S.D. Hackett introduced Methodism to the historic westside of Port Arthur, creating Hackett Chapel, a black Methodist Church, with seventeen faithful members. The "prayer band" began meeting at the Ila Hall on West 7th street and then in members' homes. Hackett Chapel officially went on the Gulf Coast Black Conference record in 1920 as St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church. The first church was erected through a grant from the board of home missions from Port Arthur College in 1920 at 848 Lincoln Avenue and opened in 1926.

In 1964, as church membership continued to grow, the church trustees began negotiations to purchase the O.C.A.W. Hall - Local 254, located at 821 Texas Avenue, as the new church location. On Sunday, November 14, 1965, the first church service was held at the new location and was led by Bishop Noah W. Moore, Jr., resident Bishop of the southwestern area. In 1968, Reverend Hubert B. Liedy, Jr., led the church through the United Methodist Church integration process. Through this merger, the church name changed to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Despite their small congregation,
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St. Paul United Methodist Church served and continues to serve the westside community and beyond through many service programs, including local and foreign missions, clothing, food and school supply drives, youth mentoring and tutoring, and weekly meals for local residents. Locally and globally, the St. Paul United Methodist Church has served as a beacon of hope for over a century.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18716.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the United Methodist Church Historic Sites series list.
 
Location. 29° 52.072′ N, 93° 56.699′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Freeman Avenue north of West 8th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 821 Freeman Avenue, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Israel Chapel A.M.E. Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Island Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kansas City Southern Railway in Port Arthur (approx. 0.4 miles away); Port Arthur-Beaumont Interurban Railway
St. Paul United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 5, 2021
2. St. Paul United Methodist Church Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); South County Office Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Francis John (Frank) Trost (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lakeshore/Lions Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Arthur Edward Stilwell (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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