Wesley United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church (HMHRQ)

Location: Austin, TX 78702 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.182', W 97° 43.56'

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This congregation was established at the end of the Civil War for freedmen of the Austin area. It was begun through the efforts of the Rev. Joseph Welch, a white Methodist missionary, and the Rev. Isaac Wright, a black minister of the Methodist Church, North. The original meetings were conducted in the basement of the Tenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, which many of this congregation's early members had attended as slaves.

The first building for the Wesley United Methodist Church (Wesley Chapel Church) was a stone sanctuary with a dirt floor built in 1867 at Ninth and Neches streets. A new edifice, known as "Old Wesley on the Hill", was constructed in 1882. The Site served the congregation until 1929, when the church moved to new facilities here.

One of the leading black churches in Texas, this congregation has actively participated in community projects, mission work and educational leadership. Church facilities have been used for classes of Samuel Huston College and for formal organization of the West Texas Methodist Conference. The church's programs and dramatic growth continue to reflect the ideals and religious dedication of its founders.
Marker Number14096
Year Placed1982
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622545 N 3349357
Decimal Degrees30.26970000, -97.72600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.182', W 97° 43.56'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 10.92" N, 97° 43' 33.60" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1164 San Bernard St, Austin TX 78702, US
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