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Trio of markers set to go up around church

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Three Cooper Creek community sites are set to receive state historical markers Sunday.

With the markers, the Cooper Creek Baptist Church, Cooper Creek Cemetery and Cooper Creek School will be honored as pillars of the early community and protected because of their significance to the history of Denton County.

The dedication ceremony, co-sponsored by the Denton County Historical Commission, the Cooper Creek Cemetery and the Cooper Creek Baptist Church, is open to the public.

“The church has been there 140-plus years; the cemetery has been there that long or longer. It’s pretty neat all three of them will get a marker,” said Tom Rainey, president of the Cooper Creek Cemetery Association and sponsor of the marker applications.

Rainey said he, the historical commission and some others had been working on it for a long time.

Rainey said the marker will document a part of Denton County’s history and the community.

“Not only to recognize it but to preserve the buildings and the cemetery to make sure it’s protected for future generations … that it will always be there and be taken care of,” he said.

Rainey said there are many members of the original family still living around the town.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 12 at the Cooper Creek Baptist Church, 4582 Fishtrap Road, located northeast of Denton, just outside city limits.

The event will begin in the Cooper Creek Baptist Church at 2 p.m. and continue outdoors for the unveiling of each of the marker sites, all located within close proximity to the church.

Cooper Creek Baptist Church will be recognized with an Official Texas Historical Subject Marker that tells the history of the church since its beginning in 1872.

Speakers for the afternoon include state Rep. Myra Crownover and the Rev. Richard Montgomery, pastor at Cooper Creek Baptist Church. Denton County Historical chairwoman Beth Stribling will present certificates of commendation for the efforts that led to the placement of the markers to: Rainey; Randy Harper, Cooper Creek Cemetery Board member; Kate Singleton, who researched and wrote the three historical narratives; and to the Cooper Creek Cemetery Association.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjLewisDRC.