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Bastrop: Paul Quinn African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Paul Quinn African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1876 by Reverend Joseph Morgan, reputed to have been the first African to settle in the county. On June 13, 1886, the cornerstone was laid and the church named Paul Quinn Chapel as a memorial to Bishop William Paul Quinn, an early denominational leader of the church founded in Philadelphia, which served as the oldest black denomination in the U.S. The late Professor W. Henry Kerr was secretary. The church was renovated in 1993, but the church bell, which came from England and once tolled on a steamboat that plied the lower course of the Colorado River remains.  


  • 1108 Walnut Street
  • Bastrop, Texas
  • 78602


  • Phone: 512-303-9033

Hours & Fees

  • This is an active church, please respect services.

  • Free



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Read more about the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Handbook of Texas Online.