The following is a news release from the Lubbock County Historical Commission:
The Lubbock County Historical Commission will dedicate a Texas Historical Marker on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. recognizing the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated New Hope Missionary Baptist Church as a significant part of Lubbock and Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at 2002 Birch Avenue in front of the church. Speakers for the afternoon will include County Commissioner Gilbert Flores and Lubbock Councilwoman Shelia Patterson Harris. The Lubbock County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.
Originally known at Mount Calvary Baptist, the historically African-American New Hope Baptist Church organized in 1926 at 18th Street and Avenue B. The church moved to East 20th Street and Birch Avenue in 1929.Over the years the church has continually seen many building improvements and growth, including an education building in 1957. New Hope figured prominently in community activities such as Juneteenth and Armistice Day. The church hosted the Junior Welfare League Baby Clinic to provide health services for young children. The current church sanctuary was built in 1949. The marker dedication coincides with the 93rd Anniversary Celebration of the congregation. Today, New Hope Baptist remains and active and vibrant congregation, “A church where people care.”
(News release from the Lubbock County Historical Commission)