Hopewell Baptist Church, - Colored
Beaver Lick, KY
Mr. Robert Lett, a descendant of the Sleet Family, has provided the following information regarding the Hopewell Baptist Church located just south of Beaver Lick near US Highway 42.
I have learned that the “colored” church & school began organizing in early 1894. The church which was built with two rooms was constructed for the purpose of being used additionally as a school. The primary participants in the organization of the church & school were; Dick Baker, George Clark (descendants migrated to Connersville), Robert L. Sleet.
The timeline for the planning of the school was as follows;
In the fall of 1894 plans were discussed in regards to building the Hopewell church & school construction and fundraising plans set forth.
A meeting was held with George Sleet to acquire one acre of land for the purposes the project.
In the spring of 1895 the property was acquired.
In August of 1895 Rev. Comwell & Wheeler served as interim pastors.
On December 8, 1895 Rev. McCody began service as the church's first regular pastor.
[From bcpl website. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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