First Baptist Church of Decatur
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N 33° 12.809 W 097° 36.060
14S E 630378 N 3675826
Quick Description: Located on the grounds near the front entrance to the Worship Center.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 3:59:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMADJ9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
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Marker Number: 13573

Marker Text:
Organized in 1856 under the Rev. J.T. Willis, the church first met in the log cabin of Samuel Perrin in Taylorsville, now known as Decatur. From early on, members were active in the town. By the late 1880s, the Rev. J.F. Young preached both in this church and to Decatur’s African American community. Also during this time, the church worked closely with Northwest Texas Baptist College, forerunner of Decatur Baptist College. As membership grew, the congregation continued its area involvement. In 1956, the mayor pronounced a day in honor of Dr. R.E. Bell, a pastor of the church who was active in the community. The church continues to be an important spiritual and educational influence on Decatur. (2006)

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