Near Porter in Wagoner County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Oklahoma's First Baptist Church
The Fountain Baptist Church ¼ mi. S. & 1 mi. E. believed to be the successor to Oklahoma's first Baptist church organized by Rev. Isaac McCoy Sept. 9, 1832 in this vicinity at Ebenezer Station with six charter members: Quasch, Bob, and Ned, slaves of the Creeks; Rev. & Mrs. David Lewis, missionaries; and John Davis, a Creek who later was the first Baptist minister ordained in what is now Oklahoma. The church grew until the Civil War when it ceased activities until the Era of Reconstruction. Meeting houses in various locations were used including a frame structure built in 1901 at site of present building erected 1956 by Black, Indian, and White Baptists of Oklahoma symbolic of these races in the church's origin.
Erected by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Location. 35° 49.932′ N, 95° 24.152′ W. Marker is near Porter, Oklahoma, in Wagoner County. Marker is on U.S. 69 0.4 miles north of 820th Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6290 U.S. Highway 69, Porter OK 74454, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wigwam Neosho (here, next to this marker); Chief Pushmataha Tullahassee Mission (a few steps from this marker); 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division National Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); "The Sentry" (approx. 4½ miles away); Union Agency (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Union Agency (approx. 4.6 miles away); Muskogee Nation Commemorative Stone (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Porter.
Also see . . .
1. Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. (Submitted on April 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "Baptists" in Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. (Submitted on April 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.