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Pastor, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Houston
In Response To: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.-Houston ()
Our family has several letters to Lowell P. Mitchell (1901-1969) from his mentor Earl Leonard Harrison (c.1895-1971), pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Houston, TX from 1922 to 1930. Harrison and Mitchell, both Texas natives and active members of the NAACP, later served as pastor and associate pastor of Shiloh Baptist, another historic “mother church” in Washington, DC. Harrison remained at Shiloh from 1930 until his death in 1971. The correspondence also includes letters from members of the Women’s Mission Society of Antioch (including Virginia B. Miller, a teacher at Houston’s Booker T. Washington High School) who awarded a scholarship to Lowell P. Mitchell, enabling him to attend E.L. Harrison’s alma mater Bishop College in Marshall, TX. While attending Bishop, L.P. Mitchell was pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, DC where he served as associate pastor to Rev. E.L. Harrison at Shiloh Baptist Church. Rev. Mitchell continued his education at Virginia Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA and went on to be pastor of four more churches: High Street Baptist, Danville, VA; Greater Zion Missionary Baptist, Harrisburg, PA; Mount Gilead and Greater New Hope Baptist, Fort Worth, TX. The Depression-era wedding of L.P. and H.T. Mitchell, witnessed by Earl L. Harrison and his wife Earlene, was conducted by Rev. C.T. Murray, pastor of DC's Vermont Avenue Baptist Church from 1929 to 1969.