Historic Markers Across Alabama

Cowarts Baptist Church and Cowarts School

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: On Jordon Ave, west of N Broad St., Cowarts, AL
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 31° 12.023    W 085° 18.341
  31.20038333    -85.30568333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMGY9X



Cowarts Baptist Church was founded in 1885 when dissension arose in the Congregation of Smyrna. Originally located beside the cemetery, the church was destroyed by fire during the 1890s. It was rebuilt and dedicated on this site May 1, 1903 in front of the existing Cowarts School. A cyclone destroyed both the church and school on Friday, January 10, 1918 about 2 p.m. Beginning in March 1918, Cowarts Baptist Church was rebuilt and has remained on the site.


In January 1894, the Cowarts School moved from its original location beside the cemetery and relocated to this site. School was in session Friday, January 10, 1918 when a cyclone struck about 2 p.m. destroying the school and killing seven children and their professor. The twister cut a 13-mile path through the eastern side of the county leaving a total of 12 dead with an estimated 120 injured.

Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Cowarts
May 2010

End of Cowarts Baptist Church and Cowarts School