Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Though surrounded by modern skyscrapers, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church remains an enduring landmark for Houston's African American history. Built in 1879 after four years of construction, Antioch Missionary is the first and oldest black Baptist church in Houston. Its first minister was John "Jack" Henry Yates (1828-1897), who was an influential member of the city's African American community. He was born into slavery but was finally freed in 1865 after emancipation was enacted in Texas. The church building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a simple Gothic structure featuring a tower and stained-glass windows.
Backstory and Context
Marie D. Landon & Joe R. Williams. "Antioch Missionary Baptist Church." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. December 22, 1976. https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/76002038/76002038.pdf.
McCullough, Olee Y. "Yates, John Henry [Jack]." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 18, 2017. https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fya07.
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