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Observance of 105th anniversary
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TitleObservance of 105th anniversary
DescriptionAppears to be a press release announcing the 105th anniversary celebration of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, June 11-15, 1958. A brief history of the church is given, along with a list of the pastors serving during its history. A description of the celebration is also provided.
Named PersonEarley, J.W.; Richardson, Thomas; Chandler, Mrs. Robert; Small, William; Olander, Carl; Coleman, Rev. C.L.; Nance, Lewis; Lee, Vernon; Gomez, Bishop Joseph; Allen, Harold; Berry, Mrs. David;
AuthorDavis, Ruth E.
Time Period1950s
Date Created (original)June, 1958
IdentifierCovington Manuscript Collection
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-11-13
TranscriptObservance of 105th Anniversary.

Allen Chapel will obseve the 105th anniversary of its founding from June 11--15, 1958 with a series of services. The church was founded by Rev. J. W. Earley in 1853 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richardson. The church was admitted as a member of the A. M. E. Conference in 1860, when the denomination had spread west to have a meeting in Chicago.
A site for a church was purchased in October, 1860; the deed to said property being recorded
March 8, 1861 at 3 p. m.. That first organization consisted of fourteen members; today we are proud to report a membership ot 216 persons.
The program is as follows:
Wednesday, [illegible] June 11 at [illegible] 7:30 p.m. Apeakers will include Mrs. Robert Chandler,
president, Council ot Churches; Mayor Wm. Small representing the city of Galesburg; Rev.
Carl Olander for the Ministerial Alliance and Rev. C. L. Coleman, Second Baptist Church. A
history of Allen Chapel will be given and greetings will be made by the Official Board.
June 12 will be Church night. Invocation will be by Rev. Lewis Nance, Bethesda Baptist
Church. Teh serman will be by Rev. Vernon Lee, Allen Park Baptist Church. Nusic will be
by goups from Allen Park, Bethesda and Second Baptist Churches.
Friday a banquet will be held at Seymour Hall; the youth os the church will fUrmish the pr
The Anniversary will close on Sunday June 15 with Bishop Joseph Gomez conducting the
services and administering Communion.
Mr. Harold Allen if the General Chairman; Mrs. David Berry, Sr. is his Co-Chairman.
Ruth E. Davis, Reporte.

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Pastors serving Allen Chape from 1853-------1958.

1---Rev J. W. Earley. 26. Rev. Horace Graves.
2.---Rev. C. S. Jacobs. 27.---Rev. J. H. Ferribee
3.---Re. Levi Henderson 28.---Rev. D. E. Butler
4.--- Rev. McKissick Woodford. 29.---Rev. S. B. Moore
5.-- Rev. Arthur McGill. 30.---Rev. Timothy Tyler

6.---Rev. JOhnson Mitchem.
3l.---Rev. Samuel Burt
7.-- Rev. Patterson. 32.--Rev. H. P. Jones

8.---Rev. Hall.
33.---Rev. J. H. Garrison

9.--Rev. Nathan Mitchem. 34.---Rev. Robert Thomas, Sr.

10.---Rev. T. A. Clark. 35.---Rev. C. L. Henderson

11.--Rev. E. C. Joiner.
36.---Rev. W. H. Saunders

12.---Rev. J. W. H. Jackson. 37.---Rev. Leon McGinnis
13.--Rev. Chas. S. Jacobs. 38.---Rev. R. Frances Washington
14.---Rev. Henry Brown. 39.---Rev. K. G. Siddall
15.---Rev. J. W. Malone/ 40.---Rev. Philip Dick
16.---Rev. George Christburg. 41.---Rev. A. R. McLaughlin
17.--Rev. H. Depugh.
42.---Rev. P. S. Johnson
18.--Rev. Aaron Perkins. 43.---Rev. E. A. McWhorter

19.---Rev. F. Myers.
44.---Rev. J. J. Handy

20.---Rev. W. J. Laws. 45.---Rev. Gerge Holt

222---Rev. C. W. Newton.
46.---Rev. H. H. Holman

22.--Rev. S.A. Hardison
47.---Rev. J. L. Wingate
23.---Rev. Timothy Reeves. 48.---Rev. W. H. Knightes
24.---Rev. Chas. Thomas. 49.--Rev. Emory Davis, Sr.
25.---Rev. L. J. Phillips. 50.---Rev. Wilfred Reid
^51.--Rev. Jesse W. Cotton^

Thus we have complted over a century of service , spiritual inspiration and guidance
in Galesburg.

As Knox College prepares to celebrate the one hundredth anniversaruy of the LincolnĀ­
Douglas debate in October, 1858, we of Allen Chapel [illegible] are celebratind our one hundred
fifth anniversary.

With a bright and rosy future in progress, we look fOrward to many more years of
service to Galesburg and to the continued growth of our church.
Physical Description2 typed pages 8.5 x 11 in. with "Xerox copy" along the to edge
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