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Allen Chapel Mollie Crew interview
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TitleAllen Chapel Mollie Crew interview
DescriptionNotes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology J. Howell Atwood from an interview with Mollie Crew. The interview topic is the history of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, specifically about the parsonage and the Allen Chapel Club, a women's fundraising group.
Fund raising
Subject (LCSH)African Methodist Episcopal Church;
Named PersonCrew, Mollie; Johnson, John; Dick, P.S.; Kelly, Minnie; Jackson, May; Huff, Nettie; Anderson, Mrs. Charles; Grigsby, Fannie;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
Time Period1930s
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 3)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-11-19
TranscriptMollie Crew
Allen Chapel Parsonage
The lot for the parsonage
was bought from John
Johnson the bus line
owner at the Union Hotel in
the 1880's.
Different ministers
would talk about "some
day we'll have a parsonage, "
but Mr. Dick said we'd
have one, and we did. He
deserves the credit.


Mollie Crew
Allen Chapel Club

Has functioned to pay church
insurance, finish up parson-
age etc. There are 14 women
who carry this on. Where
repairs are over due, where
insurance would lapse,
where debts go unpaid, they
fill the breech.
Mrs. Minnie Kelly origin
ated this work -- organized
the women. The trustees
were in a tight place - these
women realized in 1933
that an emergency was on.
They dig into their own pock-
ets. They don't turn money


Allen Chapel Club Mollie Crew

over to officers of the church
but actually pay bills

May Jackson Pres. now
Mrs. Nettie Huff VP
Mrs. Chas. Anderson Secy
Mrs. Fannie Grigsby Treas.

They hold picnics, and
have entertainment at
times, but chief reliance
is not on other people --
rather upon themselves for
the money they raise.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on a half sheet of scrap paper
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