About This Site

Welcome to PennytownChurch.com, a site dedicated to preserving the history and memories of Pennytown, Mo, an historic black hamlet located 8 miles southeast of Marshall, MO east of 65 Highway. Approximately forty families inhabited this free black township which stood on sixty-four acres of land in central Missouri. The Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church is now all that remains of that once bustling black haven. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Our hope is that through education and awareness, this one-room church will continue to stand as a monument to the incredible will and courageous spirit of the people who established this black sanctuary.