Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (HM271M)

Location: Houston, TX 77002 Harris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 45.384', W 95° 22.318'

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The emancipation of slaves was heralded by federal officials in Galveston on June 19, 1865. Antioch became Houston's first African American Baptist Church when organized by nine former area slaves in 1866. Their first sanctuary, built nearby in 1868,served as the site of Texas' first African American Baptist Convention.

The Rev. John Henry Yates (1828-1897), elected Antioch's first full-time pastor in 1868, led efforts to improve the education of Houston's African Americans and helped establish the Houston Baptist Academy in 1885.

This sanctuary, built in 1875-79, began as a one-story structure designed by church member Richard Allen. It was enlarged in the 1890s and underwent major alterations in the 1930s. The nationally recognized Gothic Revival masonry building features stained glass windows containing portraits of prominent church figures, steep cross gables, pointed arch windows and doors, and a distinctive neon "Jesus Saves" sign.

Once the center of a cohesive African American community, Antioch served as the mother church for many area African American Baptist congregations. The church continues to provide leadership in religious, civic, and educational activities as Houston's oldest and preeminent African American Baptist congregation.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1994
HM NumberHM271M
Year Placed1994
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 270639 N 3294150
Decimal Degrees29.75640000, -95.37196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 45.384', W 95° 22.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 45' 23.04" N, 95° 22' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)713, 832, 210, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 Clay St, Houston TX 77002, US
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