A Historical View of the San Antonio Missions
The number of indigenous people who were baptized at Concepción from 1731 to 1762 was recorded as 792. In 1794, after 63 years, Mission Concepción was partially secularized. Some of the farmland and possessions were distributed among the remaining indigenous inhabitants. A few families continued to live there until the mission's complete secularization in 1824, when the mission went into decline.

About this Image:
1) Looking into the Baptismal Chapel located under Concepción's southern bell tower. A friar poses next to the baptismal font. The sign tacked just below the painted fresco reads, "Baptismal font carved by the friars." However, historians credit a native artisan with the sculpture.

2) A color view of the fresco above baptismal font, as it appeared in 2001. The image of Christ crucified can be seen clearly. Photo taken by Gordon Shults.

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Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation.
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