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UNION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

ITALY, TEXAS

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF HISTORY

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2003

Published in
Searchers & Researchers
Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Summer 2003

Union Missionary Baptist Church was the first African-American Baptist church in Italy, Texas. It was founded in February 1903, by Rev. Alex Valentine and Austin Qeenam. An abandoned home near the Gin Town section of the city served the congregation. In 1920, a new church was built on the south end of Williams Street where it stood until struck by a tornado on March 31, 1961. The old Stafford School was purchased and lovingly renovated by church members and volunteers. The building is still being used and stands as a beacon of sanctified worship in the Italy community.


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