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Certificate of baptism signed by Rev. Volley V. K. Stokes

Reverend Volley V.K. Stokes was a pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Baltimore for 30 years. Trinity Baptist Church was founded in 1888 and was home to the first meeting for the Baptist Minister's Conference of Baltimore. Help us transcribe this baptism certificate from the church, which was signed by Rev. Volley V.K. Stokes.

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Constitution of the Lay Organization of the California Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, was founded in 1852. Help us discover the history of San Francisco's Bethel A.M.E. Church Lay Organization from 1941-1990.

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Deed of Sale between William Walker and John and Joan Gunston

This 1685 deed of sale concerns the land holdings of Captain Thomas Gunston in Saint George, Barbados. The land and all assets, including "Negro slaves," are being left to Captain Gunston's niece and nephew. The document describes the boundaries of the plantation and lays out a price of 700 British pounds. Help us transcribe this deed of sale to discover more about how wealth and power are transferred over generations.

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Deed of Sale Including 237 Enslaved Persons

This deed of sale is a land grant for property in Saint Catherine, Jamaica made August 28, 1798. It is carried out between three parties: Lord Carrington, Samuel Smith and Rene Payne of London, and George Smith and John Smith also of London. The deed mentions the presence of two hundred thirty seven enslaved people. They are listed by name and divided into categories including "Invalids," and "Children, too young to work."

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Directory 1914: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is one of the oldest Baptist congregations in Florida. Earliest services were held on a plantation 1838. The congregation included many slaves from surrounding plantations who would require a special day pass that allowed them to travel safely to services. During the Civil War, the church building was used as a hospital for the Union Army. After the war, white members of the church attempted to take over the congregation and remove the African American congregants. These African Americans took their case to court where a judge ruled in their favor. Today, the congregation boasts well over fourteen thousand members. Take a look at the 1914 church directory to learn about the history of the organization and the history of the building, as well as the members of the church.

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Flier for a Mount Olive Baptist Church rally

The Mt. Olive Baptist Church was founded by Reverend George Brown in 1909 in a stable in Norfolk, Virginia. The church was governed by a mother church but in 1914 petitioned to become an independent body. By 1916, the congregation had grown so much that they had to leave the stable and construct a formal church building. Help us transcribe this 1926 flier to see which churches were invited to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pew Rally in Lindenwood.

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Flyer for performances of the Chicago Jublilee Singers in Burnley, England

This advertisement is for a series of performances at Fulledge Methodist Church in Burnley, England, by the Chicago Jubilee Singers, a Chicago-based quintet.

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Flyer for Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who wrote, directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s. Help us transcribe this program from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Form letter for National Baptist Convention in Chicago

The National Baptist Convention is the largest predominantly African American Christian denomination in the United States, with approximately 31,000 congregations. This 1943 letter includes data gathered by Professor Clynedyke A. Baker, the national music director of the Laymen's Progressive League of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Help us transcribe the letter and learn about the great city of Chicago and Olivet Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist church in the city.

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