282. Second Missionary Baptist Church

After an initial effort to organize a Free Will Baptist Church in 1870, Rev. Richard Bassett successfully organized the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Kokomo with assistance from the town’s White First Baptist Church. Bassett was its leader and it began with a membership of nine. It offered a Baptist church for the growing African American population in Kokomo. Reverend Bassett later became the first African American elected to the state legislature from Howard County. The Second Baptist Church met in members’ homes until a permanent church was built in Kokomo on Sharp Street, now Richmond Street, in 1890. This was its home nearly 60 years when, in 1948, a bigger church was built on the corner of Richmond and Kennedy Street, now Apperson Way. The current Second Missionary Baptist Church was built on Apperson Way in 1994.

Second Missionary Baptist Church on the web.