Details for Rock Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5035004322


Marker Number 4322
Atlas Number 5035004322
Marker Title Rock Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Index Entry Rock Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Address FM 1637
City Valley Mills
County Bosque
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 650120
UTM Northing 3506706
Subject Codes African American topics; Presbyterian denomination; churches
Marker Year 1975
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location from Valley Mills take FM 56 north, head east on FM 1637 about 4.5 miles to marker
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The Rev. James B. Sadler (1828-1911), a self-educated former slave, started this black congregation in 1870 and helped establish a separate black Presbytery in 1876. Worship services were held in a nearby brush arbor or in homes until the present structure was erected in 1890. This building also housed a community school for a time. The Rev. Sadler and his wife, Susan, owned the property until 1909. It was then deeded to church officers, who maintain the church and adjacent cemetery today. The congregation's annual homecoming is held in November. (1975)

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