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Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

 Collection
Identifier: RG 0062

Content Description

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.

Dates

  • 1900-1977
  • 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.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

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.

Related Materials

RG 0060 Texas Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal Church

RG 0009 Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church Collection

MSS 0106 Joseph Cox and O.K. Manning Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Suzanne Summers, January 1990
Title
RG 0062 Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Subtitle
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov
832-393-1662