Texas Historical Marker to Honor George W. Truett May 16

May 9, 1997

by Brenda Tacker

WACO, Texas - Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary will dedicate a Texas Historical Commission marker commemorating the life of the Rev. George W. Truett at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Fifth Street and Clay Avenue.

The unveiling of the marker also celebrates the centennial of Truett's graduation from Baylor and occurs as the inaugural class of the seminary participates in commencement ceremonies May 16-17. The marker will stand near the entry to the seminary, currently located in offices at the First Baptist Church of Waco.

Truett, recognized as one of the foremost preachers of his generation, received a degree from the university in 1897. After graduation, Truett became pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and served that congregation until his death in 1944. Membership in the church grew from 715 to 7,804. He was instrumental in the development of the Texas Baptist Sanitarium, now Baylor Medical Center.

Research and wording for the marker were provided by Alan Lefever of the Texas Baptist Historical Society.

The seminary enrolls more than 140 students who are preparing to enter varied ministry fields, including preaching, teaching, counseling, urban and international missions and non-traditional ministry. For more information, contact the seminary at (817) 755-3755.

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