Plans for historic First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church has been standing in the historically African-American Dunbar Neighborhood for 129 years. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RACHEL WILLIS

Today at 7 p.m., a community meeting will be held at Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 625 Centre Street, to discuss future plans for the historic old First Baptist Church, located on W. Martin Luther King Drive. This meeting is open to members of the San Marcos community to include church leaders, community organizations, city officials, residents and other stakeholders.

For over a century, the 129-year-old, three-story, old First Baptist Church has served as a pivotal place in the historically African-American Dunbar community. It has been a common meeting place for churches and the community alike, hosting community-wide vacation Bible schools, women fellowship dinners, graduation ceremonies for the old African-American public school, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) meetings and theatrical performances.

While the African-American population in San Marcos has decreased in recent years, according to US Census data, over time, some community members have expressed concerns about completely erasing the history of African-Americans in San Marcos. The aim of this community conversation is to identify opportunities to preserve a monumental part of African-American history in San Marcos while repurposing it to serve the entire community.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, an initial meeting was held at The Calaboose African American History Museum. During this meeting, community members expressed desires to restore the church and repurpose it as a community center. Today's meeting is an effort to engage more community members from churches within close proximity to the First Baptist Church in the ongoing discussion.

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