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Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church Collection

Identifier: RG 0009

Scope and Content Note

The Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church collection houses the records of the cuhurch from 1871 to 2010. This colleciton is compromised of deed contracts, news clippings, church history documents, church directories, souvenir program booklets, anniversary service programs and administrative documents.


  • 1871 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 2010

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the African American Heritage Museum of Houston Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder. Please ask reference staff for information and assistance on the possibility of photo duplication and any associated fees. The library reserves the right to restrict duplication.

Biographical Note

Sloan Methodist Church was founded in 1881 by Rev. Ed Roscoe on Sloan Street of Houston, Texas. From 1881 to 1883 the church trustees purchased a building and then had it brought to its current location. From 1883 to 1885 the church members grew from 31 to 60. The first musical instrument was brought to the church in 1896. This organ is one of the oldest instruments still in the church today.

Sloan Methodist Church continued to grow in terms of members, congregation, and facility improvements. On February 27, 1912 the church was damaged by a fire. In 1913, the church changed its name to Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church. Many facility improvements were also made during this time including better bathrooms, sidewalks, ceilings, and other changes.

In the 1950s the original parsonage was torn down and the new parsonage was constructed from a house next door. This decade also brought air conditioning to the church. In 1972 Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church merged with other Methodist churches for the Texas Conference.

In 1981, on its 100th year anniversary, Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church received a historical marker. In 1982, the church acquired a handicap ramp to the entrance of the church. A summer youth program was also initiated. The church continued to grow through many difficulties in its time. It is now one of the oldest black churches in Houston.


2 Linear Feet (2)

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Arrangement Note

The collection has been arranged by material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas

Processing Information

Processed by Brittany Cryer, February 2011
RG 0009 Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church Collection
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Brittany Cryer
February 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002