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Re: African-American Church Research Resources

Hi David,

Thanks for your kind encouragement. I did speak with Dr. Dickerson about the materials I have. I haven't heard back unfortunately, although he was gracious on the phone.

I just spoke with Ms. Brown at Wilberforce last week and I'm sending her copies of all my Wilberforce materials including:

1. Letters from the 1910s to my great-grandfather from the leadership of Wilberforce re: fundraising efforts on behalf of the school

2. Pictures of my grandmother as a student and teacher at Wilberforce in the 1910's and 1920's including:

-One of her sitting on a porch with the President of Wilberforce, Colonel Charles Taylor and the President of Liberia.

-A few of her teaching home economics with students in white uniforms

-Her wedding picture from the 1920's on the Wilberforce campus, she's dressed as a sheperdess complete with white crook, she looks like a grown up Bo Peep :)

-Several of her and my grandfather "courting" on campus in the 1910s

3. Pictures of my great aunt as a student at Wilberforce in the 1920's with many other students on picnics, playing tennis, in cars, "courting" etc.

4. Wilberforce Comencement Programs from the 1910s and 20s

5. A booklet listing the faculty of a World War I soldier training program that was run on the Wilberforce Campus with full faculty bios and pictures

I got all of this and more from my great aunt who died a few years ago in her late 90s. It really needs to be looked at and cataloged, for instance I also have:

-My ancestors' City of Allegheny, Pennsylvania and Fayette County Pennsylvania tax records from the 1840s-1890s showing that they paid their school, water and city taxes;

-Two tickets from 1849 and 1865 confirming an ancestor as a paid member of the AME church;

-My great great-grandfather's Lancaster County, Pennsylvania marriage license from 1863 as well as his USCT Discharge papers and his obituary from 1913 and his estate papers and Will;

-My great-grandmother's photo album dated 1892 when she was 19; there are about 20-30 pictures, including some that look pre-civil war based on hairstryles and clothes;

-A picture of my grandfather from just after World War I with a black baseball team from Braddock, PA (which is across the river from Homestead.) My 90 year old cousin told me that he was working for a coal company and the employer wanted the black baseball players to have their picture taken, I'm not sure why.

-Probably over a hundred photos from the mid 1800s forward, as well as some tintypes, many of which I've been able to identify by notes on them from ancestors or interviews with elderly relatives.

My husband's family has much of the same stuff for his family from Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

In any event, even though I'm not a professional, I'm pretty sure this info would be useful in fleshing out the picture of African American life from the mid 20th century forward.

Again, thanks for your encouragement, I'll try again to get these things into hands that can interpret them and share them widely.

Take good care,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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