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Collection Number: 04825-z

Collection Title: African Methodist Episcopal Church Proceedings, 1935-1950

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Abstract Proceedings of the annual meetings of the North Carolina Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church for the years 1935, 1937, 1940, 1943-1946, and 1950. The meetings were held in Wilmington, Fayetteville, Kinston, and Rich Square, N.C. Presiding bishop for most of them was Monroe H. Davis of Baltimore, Md., who was suspended by the National Conference in 1946. Minutes for annual conferences begin with a roll of elders, deacons, lay members, prominent visitors, and other groups present. The Journal of Proceedings documents the activities of the Conference in three sessions per day over the five days of the Conference. Reports of the various committees are transcribed in the minutes, including most notably reports on the A.M.E. Church's missionary program and reports of the committees on the state of the country and the church, on education, and on temperance. Many of these reports are long essays that include, for example, statements on the meaning and value of education in general, for the African-American community specifically, and the importance of supporting the A.M.E. Church's own Kittrell College. Reports on the state of the country describe economic hardships and work shortages in the Great Depression and World War II. The report on the state of the country for 1935 discusses the continuing problem of lynching, including the apparent tolerance of the white population for the practice, and notes recent Supreme Court decisions affecting the rights of African-Americans. Conference minutes for each meeting close with detailed A.M.E. Church financial accounts, including the Dollar Money Report and reports of the treasurer, the Finance Committee, and others.
Creator African Methodist Episcopal Church. North Carolina Conference.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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[Identification of item], in the African Methodist Episcopal Church Proceedings #4825-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Chapel Hill Rare Books of Chapel Hill, N.C., in August 1996 (Acc. 96124).
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Proceedings of the annual meeting of the North Carolina Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church for the years 1935, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, and 1950 held in Wilmington, Fayetteville, Kinston, and Rich Square, N.C. Presiding Bishop for most of these meetings was Monroe H. Davis of Baltimore, Md., who was suspended by the National Conference in 1946.

The minutes for the annual conferences begin with a roll of elders, deacons, lay members, and prominent visitors present, as well as many other groups. The Journal of Proceedings documents the activities of the conference in three sessions a day over the five days of the conference. The reports of the various committees are transcribed in the minutes, including most notably reports on the A.M.E. Church's missionary program, reports of the committees on the state of the country, the state of the church, education, and temperance. Many of these reports are long essays describing such things as the meaning and value of education in general, for the African American community specifically, and the importance of supporting the A.M.E. Church's own Kittrell College. Reports on the state of the country describe the economic hardships and shortage of work in the Great Depression and then World War II. The report on the state of the country for 1935 discusses the continuing problem of lynching and the apparent tolerance of the white population for the practice, and notes recent Supreme Court decisions affecting the rights of African-Americans. The conference minutes for each meeting close with detailed financial accounts for the A.M.E. Church, including the Dollar Money Report, the Reports of the Treasurer and of the Finance Committee, and many others.

Volume is handwritten folio of 468 numbered pages. Some apparently blank pages have been ripped out. Proceedings from the N.C. Annual Conventions of 1935, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1944, and 1945 are very detailed with many committee reports included. The 1935 report is 91 pages long; others are somewhat shorter. Those for 1946 and 1950 are two pages apiece and consist of part of the official rolls. One sheet of paper with a list of names and associated dates but no explanatory heading was enclosed in the volume and is in a folder following the volume.

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