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A Black Leader Offers Very Little Optimism
February 22, 1985
Biographical article about Reverend MacCharles Jones, or Rev. Mac Jones, the 35-year-old pastor of the St. Stephen Baptist Church at 1414 Truman Road. Rev. Jones was the leader at the Black Unity Retreat...
A Church for the Ages
September 9, 2013
October 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Second Baptist Church, "believed to be one of the two oldest black churches in Kansas City." The congregation was first established in 1863 by slaves and...
A Proud People
October 23, 2009
Second article of a series on Quindaro focuses on the role of the church in the community. The congregations were Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal, First Baptist, and the Church of God in Christ....
Activist Cleric with Influence Nationally Dies
File containing a photo and obituary for Reverend Mac Charles Jones, or Mac Jones (1950-1997), "a longtime Kansas City activist and national leader." Native of Phoenix coming here in 1984 as pastor of...
Around Kansas City: Birthplace of Two Black Churches Will Be Marked
Notice about the placing of a marker for two of the oldest churches in Kansas City, Kansas, both predominantly of black congregations.
Attendants at Twenty-second Anniversary Banquet
April 29, 1966
Vertical file contains a photo and caption about the 22nd anniversary banquet of the Friendship Baptist Church, paying tribute to the church's pastor and wife, Rev. I.H. Henderson and Elnora Henderson...
Bishop James Tindall Extends Invitation to the 6th Annual Urban Summit
December 7-13, 2012
Article provides a short biography of James Tindall and describes his involvement with the Kansas City African American and spiritual communities. Details related to Tindall's founding of the Urban Summit...
Blacks Have Endowed KC
February 10, 1986
Three-part article about three prominent African Americans from Kansas City's past: Judge Carl Johnson, Minnie Crosthwaite, and Rev. D.A. Holmes. Carl Johnson was "the first black elected to a judgeship...
Central Seminary Moving: 82-Year-Old Campus to Be Sold
The board of the Central Baptist Theological Seminary voted to relocate from "its historic inner-city campus in Kansas City, Kansas," to Shawnee, Kansas. Founded in 1901, the seminary is moving to what...
Church's Roof Collapses
April 14, 2006
The roof of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church at 6640 Swope Parkway collapsed on Thursday, April 13, 2006. The building was empty.
Fire Devastates Church Again
Church founded in the 1870s in Westport by two brothers, one a former slave. Located at Mill and 40th Terrace. Moved to 508 West 43rd Street in 1938-1939. Heavily damaged by fire in 1987 and again on February...
Funeral Services for Mrs. I.H. Henderson Sr., Today at 11 A.M. at Eighth Street Baptist Church
November 11, 1966
Vertical file contains a photo and obituary for Mrs. Elnora Henderson, "72, 820 Oakland avenue, Kansas City, Kas.," the "[w]ife of the Rev. I.H. Henderson Sr., pastor of Eight Street church." She was born...
In His Father's Footsteps
January 23, 2008
Wallace S. Hartsfield II is taking over the pulpit from his father, Wallace S. Harsfield who is retiring as minister of the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church located at 2310 E. Linwood Boulevard in...
Inner Inspiration Motivates Pastor
July 28, 1974
Biographical article about Reverend McKinley Dukes, “the 53-year-old pastor of the Greenwood Baptist Church” since 1951. Dukes grew up in Louisiana before coming to Kansas City in the 1940s as a pastor....
Installation Services to Be Held for New Minister and Wife of Second Baptist
June 7, 1946
Obituary with photos for Reverend E. E. Chappelle, the former "pastor-elect of Second Baptist Church, 10th and Park." The pastor's residence was at 2609 Brooklyn Avenue.
KC Churches in 1890
Reprinted from the Kansas City Journal, January 27, 1890.
Local Church to Celebrate 90th Anniversary
June 22 - 28, 2006
Article about 90th anniversary celebration of the First Baptist Church Westside, 801 Avenida Cesar A. Chavez.
Mourners Remember Kansas City Pastor
File containing an obituary for Reverend A. L. Johnson, Sr. (1923-2000), pastor of the "Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City" at 2801 Swope Parkway. Native of Oklahoma moving to Bonner Springs,...
Palestine Baptist Church Celebrates 48th Anniversary
May 4-May 10, 2007
The Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, located at 35 & Askew, will hold its 47th annual church anniversary service on May 6, 2007. Founded by Reverend Earl Abel and ten other charter members on January...
January 21, 2012
Article about the husband-and-wife co-pastors at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and South-Broadland Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
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