Marker [071]
Hopewell Baptist Church
(608 N. Mirick, Denison)


In 1874 this church was founded to serve the black community of this growing railroad town. Ministers from several Baptist churches in the county helped organize the new fellowship. Some of the charter members transferred from St. John Baptist Church in Preston Bend. In 1877 fire destroyed the congregation's first meeting place. A frame building erected at this site was replaced in 1891 by a back edifice. The present church was built in 1920. U. S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall spoke here in 1950, when Hopewell was host to the NAACP regional convention.