Pennytown Homecoming Video Live Stream

We hope to see everyone at Pennytown Homecoming tomorrow, but we know that some of you may not be able to make it in person. To make homecoming accessible to as many of our friends as possible, we will live stream both programs — the one at Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church (11:00 am) and at the Martin Center (12:30 pm) — via Facebook Live. You can access the video stream via the Friends of Pennytown Facebook page.

The feed from the church should begin shortly after 11 am while the feed from the Martin center will start once everyone has gotten their lunch and the program can begin.

Homecoming 2021 is Happening!

We are overjoyed to announce that we will be resuming our traditional gathering for Homecoming 2021 on August 1st of this year. This year we will celebrate 150 years of Pennytown, its people, and its history. Please join us for a presentation from our special guest, Mr. Ray Hill, who will share research he has done on Pennytown and other Black towns and villages in the midwest. Click on the “Homecoming” tab in the navigation menu for details.

Rain Doesn’t Dampen 2017 Homecoming Spirit

Thanks to everyone who came out to Pennytown Homecoming yesterday. It may have been rainy and cold, but that didn’t keep family and friends from gathering to celebrate the legacy of Pennytown. Special thanks to Chris Chamberlain (pictured with wife Kelsey and son Wyatt) of The Floor Guys for the refinished church floor. This beautiful floor is the last of renovations made possible by our recent fundraising campaign. Thanks so much to all who donated. You have helped us make the Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church both beautiful and structurally sound for years to come!

Pennytown Homecoming 2017


It’s almost time for Pennytown Homecoming 2017! We invite everyone to come join us in celebrating the history and legacy of Pennytown, MO, an historic black hamlet of Saline County.

Homecoming will be a great opportunity for you to see the improvements that have been made to Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church as a result of the generous donations made during our 2016 fundraising campaign. We raised $5000 to help preserve the church, and all improvements have been completed in time for 2017 Homecoming. We thank all of you whose generosity made these improvements possible.

The celebration will begin at Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church at 11:00 am on Sunday, August 6th. Following music and services, we will move to the Martin Center in Marshall (1985 South Odell) for lunch and fellowship at 12:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends and family on August 6th!

(Please click on the “Directions” link above for instructions on how to get to Pennytown.)

Friends of Pennytown 2016 Fundraising Campaign Ends

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Friends of Pennytown Historic Site would like to thank all the wonderful donors who made contributions during our recent fundraising campaign. Counting both online and offline contributions, we raised nearly $5000. We could not have expected such amazing generosity and support. This money will be used to make repairs and improvements to Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church. The church is the last standing structure of Pennytown, Missouri, and your donations will insure that it stands for many years to come. Thanks to all our friends, family, and supporters!

Thank You for the Donations!

Our campaign to make repairs to the Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church has raised an incredible $1800 in only two weeks. Thank you to all the generous folks who contributed. This will help us make important repairs that will insure the Church remains in good condition for years to come. We are still raising money — today at Pennytown Homecoming, and over the next week online — so there is still time to give if you haven’t yet done so. Thanks again to all Friends of Pennytown!

Click here to contribute.



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