POSTED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 10:14pm
A Texas Historical Marker will be dedicated Saturday at a historic Gregg County church.
Post Oak Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 2675 FM 2906 southeast of Lakeport, traces its history to 1878, when a group of African-Americans formed a log cabin church near the community of Easton.
Among those participating in the marker dedication will be Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, Post Oak pastor the Rev. Wayne W. Mayes, former pastor the Rev. C.E. Mitchell, marker sponsor Ruby Portley and Crystal D. Lewis, a fifth-generation descendant of a founder of the church.
A reception is planned in the church’s fellowship hall after the dedication event.
Founders of what first was called Post Oak Colored Methodist Episcopal Church were Jeff Portley, Jessie Daniels Sr. and Daniel Bradford.
Gregg County is home to more than 100 Official Texas Historical Markers denoting people, places and events of historical significance.
To reach Post Oak C.M.E. church from Longview, take Texas 149 (Estes Parkway) through Lakeport and turn left on FM 2906 (Easton Road).
For information, contact Ruby Portley at (903) 643-7370.
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