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Lewis McGee, undated

 

Summary

This collection contains the personal papers of Unitarian minister and activist Reverend Lewis A. McGee. It includes sermons, orders of service, correspondence, church bulletins, and newspaper clippings. The collection dates from 1915-1982, with the bulk of materials dating between the 1940s and 1960s.

 

Biographical Note

Lewis Allen McGee was born in 1893 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and served as an Army chaplain during World Wars I and II. After his time in the military, McGee enrolled at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and received his doctoral degree in 1949, becoming one of the first African American ministers in the Unitarian church. McGee was a humanist, and his experience in an integrated Army led to his interest in creating an interracial congregation. He founded the Free Religious Fellowship in Chicago with his wife Marcella Walker McGee in 1947 where he was granted fellowship and served as minister from 1948 to 1953. All Souls Free Religious Fellowship in Chicago remains an active Unitarian Universalist congregation of color. McGee would go on to serve congregations in Springfield, Ohio as well as Los Angeles, Chico, Anaheim, and Pasadena, California. He died in 1979 at the age of 85.

 

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Series I Personal consists of personal documents including biographical information, personal files, and correspondence.

 

Series II Sermons consists of sermons, divided into two subseries:

Series III Professional consists of documents related to Rev. McGee’s professional career, including Free Religious Fellowship documents, church bulletins, orders of service, and newspaper clippings.

 

Subjects

African American Unitarian Universalists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th Century

Humanism -- History -- 20th century

McGee, Lewis A. -- Sermons

Unitarian Universalist churches -- Clergy

 

Finding Aid

Lewis McGee Papers



Questions about this collection? Contact: jleeker@meadville.edu

 
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