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TitleBarrow letter to Atwood
DescriptionA letter from John D. Barrow to J. Howell Atwood. The letter is on letterhead of the Galesburg, Illionis Y.M.C.A. Barrow is offering his help in fundraising to save the church of Rev. E.A. McWhorter and is asking Atwood to help him in this endeavor.
SubjectChurches
Fund raising
Young Men's Christian associations
Named PersonAtwood, Jesse Howell; McWhorter, Rev. E.A.;
AuthorBarrow, John D.;
Time Period1940s
Date Created (original)May 18, 1942
TypeText
Formatpdf
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 9)
Languageeng
RightsSee http://library.knox.edu/digitalcollections/rightsinfo.htm
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-07-31
TranscriptNegro 4
Churches

H.H. GUNTHER, PRESIDENT
R.L. STUART, FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT
E.M.D. BRACKER, SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT
D. PAUL NOLAN, RECORDING SECRETARY
HUGH C. GARVER, TREASURER
JOHN.D. BARROW, GENERAL SECRETARY

Young Men's Christian Association
Galesburg, Illinois

May 18, 1942.

Mr. J. Howell Atwood,
2456 N. Broad St.,
Galesburg, Ill.

My dear Mr. Atwood:

Rev. E.A. McWhorter was in to see me this afternoon in
connection with a one-man campaign, which he seems to be
waging to raise $900 in order that his church might sur-
vive and be placed on a creditable basis. To me, his
task seems gigantic and his efforts futile: and I don't
believe one man, especially the minister of a colored
church, even in Galesburg, can bring such an undertaking
to a successful conclusion.

In the second place, if we white people are sincere in
our declarations: that we want to see the Negro of our
community have a chance to develop into a Christian
citizen, we must help him.

This brings me to the point.

McWhorter can't raise this money. BUT nine white men can.

While I believe I am busy as any man in Galesburg,
especially now that we are working hard to get CAMP SHAUBENA
ready for the most promising camping season in the history
of the institution, I shall gladly be ONE of NINE to raise
$100 each within one week after you, as Chairman of the
Inter-Racial Committee of the Knox County Church Council,
secure eight other men or women for this important job.

I await your pleasure.

Most cordially yours,
John D. Barrow,
General Secretary.
Physical Descriptiontypescript on 8.5 x 11 inch letterhead stationery
FilenameYMCA_Barrow_letter
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