The Expected Vol. 29 No. 2

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The Expected was the official publication of the Virginia Baptist State Convention created at the Virginia Seminary. Printed monthly, it promoted “Spiritual Independence” to its constituents. The Virginia Baptist State Convention began in 1867 to support the formation and operation of African American churches independent of a racially biased Baptist governance. One person who supported this work was Adolphus Humbles, featured on the front of the periodical. He was a self-made man, starting as a factory worker and moving up the ladder of success until he owned his own general store, livery stable, and a grading and paving company.

1957 was a tumultuous time in American history and periodicals like this offered guidance and promoted dialogue among the religious community. Inside, there is an editorial titled “An Educational Emergency” and articles on “The Church and Civic Concern”, “Virginia Seminary Negro History Spotlight”, “The Negro and United States Sectional Strife.” Help us transcribe “The Expected” and discover how African Americans in Lynchburg, Virginia used their faith to interpret important issues of the time.

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