Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

San Marcos: Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Since 1879, this location has been home to San Marcos' oldest known African American congregation, although a succession of sanctuaries have stood on this site. The church had been established for four years when the first building was constructed in 1883, and a freedmen's school, operated by the church, also met here.

Watch the following video to learn more about Freedmen's Communities in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the African Americans in Texas mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. For more information about the mobile tour and African American cultural heritage in Texas, visit the African American Heritage theme page at the following link:


  • 224 S. Fredericksburg St.
  • San Marcos, Texas
  • 78666



  • This is an active church, please be respectful of services.