Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Identifier: RG 0062
This small collection was developed through community efforts to obtain a historical marker for Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, one of the three oldest black churches in Houston. It contains documents related to this effort, early church member’s testimony, legal documents, and photographs.
- Majority of material found in 1970s
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Founded in 1865, Mount Vernon is one of the three oldest black churches in Houston. The church was organized by a former slave, the Reverend Emmanuel Toby and in its early years, referred to as "Toby's Church." A brush arbor church was constructed on Vine Street near the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Toby purchased the site for five dollars from his former enslaver. The congregation consisting of 122 members purchased the property in 1871 and built the first framed chapel. In 1879, it became the Mount Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church. The 1900 storm blew the church off its foundation and the church subsequently moved to its current location on Jensen Drive.
.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as RG I-21 Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Collection and was transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April 2019.
Processed by Suzanne Summers, January 1990
- African American churches -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Methodist Church--Texas Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mount Vernon United Methodist Church (Houston, Tex.)
- RG 0062 Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
- An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
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- Code for undetermined script
Part of the Gregory School Repository