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Diary written by Jessie Greer, 1919

Diaries are an invaluable resource into the lives of individuals at a certain point in time. Jessie Greer, a sixteen-year-old living in Cincinnati, Ohio, kept a dairy in the months following the end of World War I. The diary dates from February 21 to April 14, 1919. Greer’s diary shows an often-overlooked part of the war, how the people who remained at home continued their daily lives as soldiers fought overseas. Greer describes her interactions with family and friends and her work with the YMCA. In an entry on March 10, 1919, Greer describes a homecoming parade of African American soldiers. Help us transcribe this diary and discover what daily life was like for an African American teenager during the World War I era.

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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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Document on NOMA regional structure

To diversify the field of architecture, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was founded in 1971. NOMA serves as a community and professional organization for minority architects. Transcribe this document to explore the founding and organization of this unique association.

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Documents from an architecture workshop at Tuskegee University

The Center for Afro-American Architecture at the Tuskegee Institute hosted a planning workshop in 1980. The purpose of the workshop, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, was to try and develop a National Resource Center on Afro-American Architecture. Architects J. Max Bond (1935 - 2009) and Richard K. Dozier, along with scholars John Vlach and John Warfield, participated in the workshop. Transcribe these documents to learn about the connection between architecture and education.

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Flash Weekly Newspicture Magazine, February 14, 1938

"Flash" was a weekly newspicture magazine published in Washington, D.C., from June 1937-August 1939. "Flash" was one of a number of periodicals aimed at black audiences during the 1930s that featured images and text about African Americans and African American life during this period. In a 1938 editorial titled "New Year Forecast" the editors wrote, "No longer an experiment, it ["Flash"] will represent the outstanding dynamic and satisfying weekly presentation of the significant drama of American life, with colored men and women in the title roles." This February 14, 1938 issue of "Flash" features photographs by acclaimed Pittsburgh photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris. Help us transcribe this issue of "Flash" to learn more about African American life in the 1930s and see if you can find Teenie Harris' photos throughout.

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Flash Weekly Newspicture Magazine, May 3, 1938

"Flash" was a weekly newspicture magazine published in Washington, D.C., from June 1937-August 1939. "Flash" was one of a number of periodicals aimed at black audiences during the 1930s that featured images and text about African Americans and African American life during this period. In a 1938 editorial titled "New Year Forecast" the editors wrote, "No longer an experiment, it ["Flash"] will represent the outstanding dynamic and satisfying weekly presentation of the significant drama of American life, with colored men and women in the title roles." This May 3, 1938 issue of "Flash" features photographs by acclaimed Pittsburgh photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris. Help us transcribe this issue of "Flash" to learn more about African American life in the 1930s and see if you can find Teenie Harris' photos throughout.

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Flier for "Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom" meeting at Enon Baptist Church

Enon Baptist Church was founded in 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland. The church focuses on community involvement and development. Join the church on their 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom where Dr. Thomas Kilgore, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was one of the key speakers!

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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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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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