Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
August 20, 2019
116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 137 — Daily Edition
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RECOGNIZING HAMILTON CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH ON THEIR 105TH ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 137
(Extensions of Remarks - August 20, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1067-E1068] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING HAMILTON CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH ON THEIR 105TH ANNIVERSARY ______ HON. VAN TAYLOR of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Mr. TAYLOR. Madam Speaker, in 1914, Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church was established as Frisco, Texas' first African American church. Pastored by Reverend Jack Hamilton, the congregation spent its first several years gathering out of Reverend Hamilton's home. In 1920, services would be moved to its current location on Ash Street in Frisco. The original building and lot were donated by Rev. Hamilton, and in 1924 a new building was erected in the same space. During the week, the building would serve as Hamilton Elementary, a school for African American students in the community. While the school would close its doors in 1964, the church would remain as a consistent source of spiritual unity within the growing and closely knit community. [[Page E1068]] In the late 1960s and 1970s, the building would be renovated under the leadership of Reverend Arthur Maxwell, who led the church for thirty-three years. Today, the church proudly stands under the leadership of Rev. Henry Thomas. While Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church has undergone many changes in its 105-year history, its overall mission has stayed the same. Madam Speaker, today I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church for serving as a place of praise and worship in the Frisco community for the past 105 years.