Salem United Methodist Church
Six months after the news of the Emancipation reached Texas in 1865, the Louisiana-Texas-Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church for African Americans, known as the Mississippi Conference, was organized on Christmas Day. In 1868, its mission at Orange began to host worship services. Baptist Minister Arthur Robinson led the mission and was succeeded by Rev. Joseph Hardin, a circuit rider from Galveston, the following year.
The name Salem Methodist Episcopal Church was formally adopted when the mission became a full church in 1873. Church trustees acquired property and constructed a small frame building in 1877. For several years beginning in 1883, students of the African American school at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church attended classes in the Salem church building. As the congregation grew, trustees acquired additional land, and by 1923 brick was added to a second frame building. The sixteenth session of the Texas annual conference was held at Salem Methodist Episcopal Church in 1925.
The church grew steadily throughout the 20th century and maintained an active role in the daily lives of the African American citizens of Orange. During the World War II population increase, elementary school classes were held in the Salem church building. Members of the church have been community and state leaders, including
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12133.)
Location. 30° 6.055′ N, 93° 43.957′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on West John Avenue west of North Third Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 West John Avenue, Orange TX 77630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Education in Orange County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Black Education in Orange County (approx. ¼ mile away); Cox House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hollywood Community Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emma Henderson Wallace (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Woman's Club of Orange (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
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