We have an opportunity to help preserve one of our most beloved yet neglected San Marcos buildings, and it will not cost you a thing but a little time. The following excerpt is from the Downtown San Marcos Facebook page:
Help restore this Landmark of Hope:
In 1873, the First Baptist Church of San Marcos, TX, a fixture of the African-American community, was burned to the ground by the KKK. Years later in 1908, the church was rebuilt from the painful ashes by its loyal parishioners. This once grand place of worship has been vacant since 1986, and now San Marcos has an opportunity to preserve this culturally significant landmark.
San Marcos is a finalist for a $150,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express and National Geographic, to kick start preservation of this significant place. The grant will be awarded to the top ten cities by a popular voting process Sept. 24-Oct. 26. As one of the smaller cities in the running, San Marcos needs your help! You can register once and submit 5 votes per day of the voting period. Please spread the word and help us restore this icon of the community back to its former glory.
Use this link to vote:
Please visit this splashthat site and watch the video about the church. It is only 3 minutes long, but you will be touched and moved forever. Also, in the video is a great shot of the mural that is in the building. It was painted by Mrs. Marian Kyle, H.C. Kyle’s mother.
Please help vote every day!
Heritage Association of San Marcos
Preservation Advocacy Chair