Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 2512 Fir Ave., is believed to be the oldest black congregation in Lubbock. The organizational meeting for the church was held in October, 1917 by the Rev. A. Wilson.
Although early problems plagued the fellowship and many members left the church, a successful cotton harvest in 1919 attracted more people to Lubbock and the church grew.
Mt. Gilead has been host to the West Texas Association of Baptist Churches and has long promoted programs of music and evangelism.
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