St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Collection, ca. 1926-1930, 1932-1934

Manuscript Collection #1078

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Collection
    Creator: St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Snow Hill, N.C.)
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection of church records, including a ledger (1926-1938, undated) and loose reports, notes, financial accounts, lists of church officers and members, minutes of church meetings and committees, and printed materials, etc.
    Extent: 0.255 Cubic feet, 1 box, a ledger, loose reports, notes, financial accounts, lists of church officers and members, minutes of church meetings and committees and printed materials
  • Description
     

    This collection contains a ledger, loose reports, notes, financial accounts, list of church officers and members, minutes of church meetings and committees, and printed materials.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The first name of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church was Snow Hill Zion Church, named in 1867. There is no other history pertaining to the founders. Miss Rachael A. Wright of New Bern, N.C., organized the first Sunday school in Snow Hill in 1873. She was a teacher in the public schools. The first Superintendent was Mr. Luke Shepard of Snow Hill. Sunday school and bible class teachers were Rachael Wright, Violet Coward, Martha Blount and Allen Taylor. The first librarian was Martha Blount. The library contained 15 bibles, 26 testaments, 24 songbooks and a large Catechism.

    With many youth and no other church in this little town, a place was secured and called Keys Temple Zion Church. This occurred around 1875. It is assumed the Key Temple started from a prayer meeting with Richard Edwards and his wife Rosa, Jacob Best, Jacob Edwards, R.B. Ellison, Fayette Wade and his wife, Bob Coward and his wife Adline, Tome Best, Sr. and Ella Wood. Upon growth of this work, Reverend Simmons, the pastor and his wife helped to organize the church.

    In 1880 R.D. Beamon, Register of Deeds of Greene County, made a deed to Jacob Best, Chairman, with Richard McKinney and Jacob Edwards serving as Trustees. This deed was recorded as A.M.E. Zion Church. Sidney Busbee and family were paid $40.00 for the land. On May 3, 1882, the land was paid in full. D.W. Patrick was Clerk of Court and John Dixon was Register of Deeds. This information can be found in Book 8, page 186.

    On January 19, 1900, the following were elected: Superintendent: Johnnie McKinney Harper, Treasurer: A.C. Coward, and Sick Committee: J.E. Blount, A.D. Murphy and Pearl Britt. Some time later, the small sized church was built about midway toward the cemetery. The pulpit was large enough for about six ministers, the choir was on the left, and Amen corner was on the right.

    On March 16, 1902, the name was changed from Keys Temple to St. James A.M.E. Zion Church and was dedicated in 1908. Sister Ross St. James A.M.E. Zion Church (Present) McKinney chose this name. The church was renovated in 1979 under the leadership of Rev. C.E. Council. The chairman of Trustees was Henry Elliot, and Richard McKinney Edwards assisted with securing the loan. The next renovation project began in 1994 under the leadership of Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell. The chairman of Trustees was Arlander Paige, Jr. More renovations are planned and some underway. The present Pastor is Rev. Jerome Fraiser.

    Source: Greene County Heritage, North Carolina, Submitted by St. James A.M.E. Zion Church. F262.G86 G73 2009 (Joyner NC Stacks Oversize and Joyner NC Reference Oversize)

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 24, 2006 0.255 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1926-1930, 1932-34, undated) of Snow Hill, North Carolina African American Zion Church records, including a ledger, 1926-1930, and loose reports, notes, financial accounts, lists of church officers and members, minutes of church meetings and committees, and printed materials, etc. Donor: William E. "Mickey" Elmore

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of William E. "Mickey" Elmore

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Collection (#1078), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 1, 2008

    Processed by Brittany Mitchell April 2010

Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Intermediate-Senior Quarterly Sunday School Book, Vol. 48, no. 4 (Oct. - Dec. 1932) Published by the A. M. E. Zion Publishing House, Charlotte, N.C. 1 item. 18 p. Note: contains notes on the lessons and the actual lessons.
    • Manuscript Materials
       
      Pennies Collected for the Year of 1933 (1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 1)
      Stewardship Board Expenses (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
      Internment ceremony at the home of a Mrs. Ellis (23 Jan. 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
      Report to the General Board, Snow Hill., N.C. (25 July 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 4)
      J.A. McGowan, President of the Poor Stewards (10 April 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 5)
      Usher Board Report, Snow Hill, N.C. (12 August 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 6)
      Dortch Class Pastor's Receipt (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 7)
      Report of Buds to Rev. T. W. Vebble (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. Note: "Rev. G. W. Vebble pastor; A. D. Whitley Sect." (item 8)
      Willing Working Club Report (23 January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 9)
      Pulpit Ade [sic] Society Report; membership list (23 January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 10)
      Fourth Sunday Collections (January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 11)
      Blount & Lewis, Undertakers, Snow Hill, N.C. (ca. 1920s) Memo letterhead. 1 item. 3 p. (item 12)
      Pastor's Salary & Expense Notes (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 13)
      Trustees Quarterly or Annual Report (May–August 1932) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. (item 14)
      Pastor's Salary & Expense Notes (1930) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 15)
      Sumter Casket Company, Sumter, S.C. (1932) Postcard & Envelope addressed to Messrs. Blount & Blount, Snow Hill, N.C. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Blank. (item 16)
      Paper. Entitled “J. Blount” with a preceding list of names. (item 17)
      The News & Observer Pattern (2 April 1933) clipping. 1 item. 1 p. (item 18)
      Service Program (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 19)
      Expenses Notes. 3rd Quarter (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 20)
      Jake's Variety Store, Snow Hill, N.C. (undated) Printed envelope. 1 item. 1 p. (item 21)
      Bessie Ellis' Stewards' Report (30 January 1934) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 22)
      Offering Receipt (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 23)
      Pastor’s salary & Expenses (1930) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 24)
      Member Meeting Minutes (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 2 p. (item 25)
      Choir Members, Membership Meeting Minutes, Grade Roll & Business Meeting Minutes (5–9 December 1932) Holograph. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Ledger pages 157-160. (item 26)
      Trustees Report for Feb. & March; Paid Pastor (February–March [1932]) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 27)
      Service Program (26 November 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 28)
      Offering Receipts (1933) Holograph. 1 item. 8 p. (item 29)
      Trustees Collection (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Names & amounts. (item 30)
      Stewards Report to Board (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 31)
      Aid Society Reports (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 32)
      Collection Receipts (27 April–9 November [1932]) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 33)
      A. D. Hill, Leader Report, Snow Hill, N.C. (30 January 1934) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 34)
      Poor Steward's Report (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 35)

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Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Intermediate-Senior Quarterly Sunday School Book, Vol. 48, no. 4 (Oct. - Dec. 1932) Published by the A. M. E. Zion Publishing House, Charlotte, N.C. 1 item. 18 p. Note: contains notes on the lessons and the actual lessons.
    • Manuscript Materials
       
      Pennies Collected for the Year of 1933 (1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 1)
      Stewardship Board Expenses (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
      Internment ceremony at the home of a Mrs. Ellis (23 Jan. 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
      Report to the General Board, Snow Hill., N.C. (25 July 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 4)
      J.A. McGowan, President of the Poor Stewards (10 April 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 5)
      Usher Board Report, Snow Hill, N.C. (12 August 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 6)
      Dortch Class Pastor's Receipt (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 7)
      Report of Buds to Rev. T. W. Vebble (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. Note: "Rev. G. W. Vebble pastor; A. D. Whitley Sect." (item 8)
      Willing Working Club Report (23 January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 9)
      Pulpit Ade [sic] Society Report; membership list (23 January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 10)
      Fourth Sunday Collections (January 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 11)
      Blount & Lewis, Undertakers, Snow Hill, N.C. (ca. 1920s) Memo letterhead. 1 item. 3 p. (item 12)
      Pastor's Salary & Expense Notes (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 13)
      Trustees Quarterly or Annual Report (May–August 1932) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. (item 14)
      Pastor's Salary & Expense Notes (1930) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 15)
      Sumter Casket Company, Sumter, S.C. (1932) Postcard & Envelope addressed to Messrs. Blount & Blount, Snow Hill, N.C. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Blank. (item 16)
      Paper. Entitled “J. Blount” with a preceding list of names. (item 17)
      The News & Observer Pattern (2 April 1933) clipping. 1 item. 1 p. (item 18)
      Service Program (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 19)
      Expenses Notes. 3rd Quarter (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 20)
      Jake's Variety Store, Snow Hill, N.C. (undated) Printed envelope. 1 item. 1 p. (item 21)
      Bessie Ellis' Stewards' Report (30 January 1934) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 22)
      Offering Receipt (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 23)
      Pastor’s salary & Expenses (1930) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 24)
      Member Meeting Minutes (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 2 p. (item 25)
      Choir Members, Membership Meeting Minutes, Grade Roll & Business Meeting Minutes (5–9 December 1932) Holograph. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Ledger pages 157-160. (item 26)
      Trustees Report for Feb. & March; Paid Pastor (February–March [1932]) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 27)
      Service Program (26 November 1933) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 28)
      Offering Receipts (1933) Holograph. 1 item. 8 p. (item 29)
      Trustees Collection (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Names & amounts. (item 30)
      Stewards Report to Board (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 31)
      Aid Society Reports (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 32)
      Collection Receipts (27 April–9 November [1932]) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 33)
      A. D. Hill, Leader Report, Snow Hill, N.C. (30 January 1934) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 34)
      Poor Steward's Report (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. (item 35)


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