Black Churches in Texas
A Guide to Historic Congregations
African American Studies - Texas History
6.125 x 9.25, 280 pp.
64 b&w photos., 13 tables.
Pub Date: 02/01/2000
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
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978-0-89096-902-1
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978-0-89096-941-0
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Black Churches in Texas

A Guide to Historic Congregations

By Clyde McQueen

Churches play a vital role in African American culture, and not just as houses of worship. They also stand at the center of the political, educational, and social lives of black Americans.

In Black Churches in Texas, Clyde McQueen catalogues 374 black congregations, each at least one hundred years old, in the parts of Texas where most blacks were likely to have settled—east of Interstate Highway 35 and from the Red River to the Gulf of Mexico. Ninety-nine counties are divided into five regions: Central Texas, East Texas, the Gulf Coast, North Texas, and South Texas. For each congregation, McQueen provides the year it was organized, the county and town where it is located, and an address or directions for finding it; any other history, lore, or facts available are also given. Information was gathered from interviews, church bulletins, special church programs, historical markers, and building cornerstones.

The catalog is enhanced by sixty-four photographs of some of the churches surveyed, and an introduction by William Montgomery places in historical perspective the importance of McQueen’s work.

As the first work documenting the formation of black churches in Texas, historians will find this an indispensable contribution to a little-known but important field of Texas and African American History.

Clyde McQueen, who received his master’s from Texas A&M University, is retired from the Soil Conservation Service, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since retiring in 1984, he has spent much of his time traveling and gathering information for this study.

What Readers Are Saying:

“McQueen’s book is important for treating a subject too long overlooked by mainstream architectural interest and, as already noted, for setting out the necessary raw data for subsequent study.” --Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

“This is entertaining reading and indispensable to anyone interested in the subject. --Texas Illustrated Magazine

“As the first interdenominational work documenting the formation of black churches in Texas, historians will find this an indispensable contribution to a little-known but important field of Texas and African American history.” --Palestine Herald

“. . . McQueen has produced a reference work of great value for historians attempting to trace the spread of black institutions in 19th-century Texas, and for anyone interested in African American religious history.” --Journal of the West

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