Jacob Fontaine

Jacob Fontaine (HMH6S)

Location: Austin, TX 78702 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.535', W 97° 43.705'

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Jacob Fontaine was born in Arkansas and came to Austin about 1850 as a slave of Episcopal minister Edward Fontaine. In 1864 Jacob began preaching separate services for fellow slaves attending the First Baptist Church, then founded the First Baptist Church, Colored, about 1867. Jacob also established five other churches in this area and a county association of Black Baptists. He was politically active; published the "Gold Dollar," an early black newspaper; and urged black voters to support Austin's bid for the University of Texas in 1881. He is buried here in an unmarked grave.
HM NumberHMH6S
Marker Number15048
Year Placed1986
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622305 N 3350007
Decimal Degrees30.27558333, -97.72841667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.535', W 97° 43.705'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 32.10" N, 97° 43' 42.30" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1601-1799 Navasota St, Austin TX 78702, US
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