Fundraising Campaign for Church Repairs

Dear Pennytown Family, Friends, and Supporters:

In addition to our invitation to attend this year’s annual Pennytown homecoming (below), we’d also like ask for your help. The Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church, the only remaining structure of the largest black hamlet in Saline County, is in need of significant repairs. This past year we were able to replace the windows because of a generous donation. Your continuing contributions have also allowed us to replace the roof and install new doors over the years. In the coming year we need to replace part of the church floor as well as much of the wood on the exterior of the church.

Every year friends and supporters of Pennytown donate generously to help preserve this historic structure, but this year we ask that you give a little more, if you are able, and we ask that you spread the word about Pennytown and our church. For the next month, Friends of Pennytown, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will be raising funds via a Go Fund Me page and our Facebook page. If you can’t join us for homecoming this year, or if you just want to give in a more convenient way, please go to our page and make a donation. The process is secure and safe, and the money raised will go toward making repairs needed to insure the long life of Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church, a house of worship since 1926.

Our commitment to preserving the church building has been inspired by all those who have worked so diligently over the years to insure its survival, especially the late Josephine R. Lawrence and all the members of the Restoration Committee whose tireless efforts enabled a complete rehabilitation of the church in 1988. It is our responsibility now to carry forward their commitment to preserving the history of this important place and the people who lived there. We ask for your help to continue that work.

All the Best,

Friends of Pennytown Historic Site


2016 Homecoming: Sunday, August 7th

According to tradition, friends and descendants of Pennytown will once again gather to share food, fellowship, and worship on the first Sunday of August.

Please join us on August 7th for our annual celebration of family, community, and heritage. This year’s special guest and speaker will be Bro. Larry McCall of the First Baptist Church of Webster Groves, Mo.

Festivities will begin at the Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church, located just off of Highway 65 between Marshall and the 1-70 junction (see “Directions” tab above). Services will begin at the church at 11:00 am.

Then join us for a delicious meal ($5.00 donation) and fellowship at 12:30 at Martin Community Center (1985 S. Odell, Marshall, Mo).

This event is open to the public and all are invited. Descendants and friends of Pennytown will be honored to welcome any and all to join us!

(Please contact Virginia Huston at 660-229-4185 with any questions or inquiries)

Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church – 2014.