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Mount Olive Baptist Church

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. Mount Olive Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. The Mount Olive Baptist Church congregation was organized March 3, 1889, in the vicinity of Masontown, one of Austin's earliest African settlements. The early years of the congregation coincided with a period of intense optimism and community activism in the historic neighborhood (bounded by E. 3rd, E. 6th, Chicon, and Waller Streets). A number of significant African American religious and educational institutions were established in and around Masontown during this period, including Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson College), where the church's organizational meeting and early worship services took place.

In 1909, under the leadership of the Rev. J.H. Harrold, the congregation moved to its first church building at 1603 E. 4th Street in the heart of Masontown, changing space needs led the congregation to relocate to 1113 Leona Street in 1939 during the tenure of the Rev. A.H. Brown, and later to 1800 E. 11th Street during the pastorate of the Rev. H.A. Sneed.

Still located in an area of Austin settled early by African Americans, the Mount Olive Baptist Church congregation continues to maintain its historic ties to Huston-Tillotson College and actively pursues local mission programs in the community.
 
Erected 1991 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15031.)
Mount Olive Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. Mount Olive Baptist Church

 
Location. 30° 15.973′ N, 97° 43.258′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 E 11th St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blackshear Elementary School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tillotson College (about 600 feet away); Sailor from the Belle Shipwreck (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Order of the Purple Heart Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gold Star Mothers of Texas Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Events of World War II (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Washington Carver Branch Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); State Cemetery of Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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