We visited the Hopwell Missionary Baptist Church just south of Wentzville in St. Charles County recently, and also looked at the historic cemetery behind the African American congregation’s buildings. The church can trace its roots back so far that at one point some of its members were actually slaves, and the pastor was white, the Rev. James E. Welch. The current church building on the right dates from 1952, and the newer wing on the left above was built in 1987.
The cemetery is very old, and I found it interesting that the gravestones look no different than any other burial ground in the area.
Located on Highway N, the old Boonslick Road, the church has surely seen massive changes over the last century and a half.
There are many interesting gravestones, and many are quite old.