Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

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Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
The church's exterior
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is located in Texas
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is located in the US
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Location313 Robin St., Houston, Texas
Coordinates29°45′20″N 95°21′54″W / 29.75556°N 95.36500°W / 29.75556; -95.36500Coordinates: 29°45′20″N 95°21′54″W / 29.75556°N 95.36500°W / 29.75556; -95.36500
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectRichard Allen
NRHP reference #76002038[1]
RTHL #10597
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 1976
Designated RTHL1994

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is a historic Baptist church at 313 Robin Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. It was historically a part of the Fourth Ward.[2]

The Antioch Missionary congregation held their first services at a brush arbor along the Buffalo Bayou.[3] The congregation built its first sanctuary in 1867 at the corner of Bagby and Rusk.[4]

It was built in 1875 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Jack Yates once served as the pastor of this church.[5]

As of 2003 the church has a "Jesus Saves" sign. Rod Davis of the San Antonio Express-News said that the presence of the sign, which "still makes a footnote to the downtown skyscrapers," was "evidence that the oldest African American Baptist church (1875) in the city thrives as well as it did when the Rev. Jack Yates, a former slave, served as its first pastor."[2]

According to the church, the original pews, made by hand, are still used.[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Davis, Rod. "Houston's really good idea Bus tour celebrates communities that forged a city." San Antonio Express-News. Sunday August 3, 2003. Travel 1M. Retrieved on February 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Snyder, Mike. "With its rich history, Fourth Ward is strong in symbolism." Houston Chronicle. Sunday January 9, 2000. A24. Retrieved on July 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "Texas SP Antioch Missionary Baptist Church". National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program. National Archives Catalog. Retrieved September 27, 2018. Slow download times.
  5. ^ "YATES, JOHN HENRY." Handbook of Texas Online.
  6. ^ Connelly, Richard. "The Eight Most Beautiful Churches in Houston." Houston Press. Wednesday November 9, 2011. 1. Retrieved on November 12, 2011.

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