Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day May 6th

On May 6th, 1838, a missionary Baptist church was organized north of Nacogdoches, Texas. Originally named Union Baptist Church, it was later changed to Old North Baptist Church. This historic church was the birthplace of the Texas Woman’s Missionary Union in 1839, the first Baptist women’s group in the state.

In 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered Hood’s Texas Brigade to the front, showcasing the bravery of Texan soldiers in the Civil War. That same year, former Texas merchant Leonard Karpeles won the Medal of Honor for his actions at the battle of the Wilderness.

In more recent history, in 1935, the Works Projects Administration was founded in Texas, providing much-needed employment during the Great Depression. Fast forward to 1999, Whataburger opened their flagship “Whataburger by the Bay” in Corpus Christi, TX. This iconic restaurant pays tribute to founder Harmon Dobson with a 6,000 square foot space featuring water views and a bronze statue of Mr. Dobson.