Document of the "Constitution of the Lay Organization" from the California Conference of the A.M.E. Church. The typed document has three (3) sheets of paper stapled together in the upper right corner. The black text is only printed on the front side of each page. The constitution begins with Article II which reads [The object and purpose of this organization is to organize and train the lay members....] before stating objectives a-h. The second page has a history of Bethel A.M.E. Church lay organization from 1941-1990. Committee members are listed on the last page. There is an inscription [554 B] on the reverse. The papers have a crease in the middle from being folded.
Bound writing slates that belonged to Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The object is constructed of three (3 double-sided, framed slates joined together with gummed paper on the spine that allows it to open like a book. The front and back covers are covered in dark brown leather with maroon undertones. Gold embossed lettering centered on the front cover reads [Notes]. A swirling, leafy design surrounds the "N." The inside front cover is covered in peach, blue, and white marbled paper with a piece of discolored white paper adhered on top. Handwritten text in black ink on the paper reads [To Bishop B.T. Tanner D.D. / by his friend Abraham Grant / May 19th 1898]. Each slate is framed in brown wood. The edges of the slates appear to be covered in blue and white paper. There is black printed text on the frame of the first slate. The top is marked [A.W. FABER No. 2], and the bottom is marked [MADE IN GERMANY.] The inside of the back cover is covered in red, blue and white marbled paper. There is a fabric tube attached to the inside back cover, possibly for holding chalk. The back cover is blank.
Long-playing record and album cover featuring an illustration in black, white, yellow, and purple on the front cover. The illustration is of a group of marchers holding signs similar to those at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. At the top of the front cover is text in black and purple [The African Methodist Episcopal Church A CIVIL RIGHTS Documentary]. Below the line of text are two (2) columns in the upper half, above the illustration. Left column [PIONEERS/IN PROTEST/Added Commentaries by ROY WILKINS,/Executive Secretary, NAACP/A. PHILLIP RANDOLPH Pres. Brotherhood of Sleeping/Car Porters, Dean of Civil/Rights Activists./DAISEY BATES/Little Rock, Arkansas School/Protest Leader.]. Right column [presents Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR./Excerpts from his appearance at the 37th/GENERAL CONFERENCE, Cincinnati,/Ohio, May 1963./"APOSTLE OF FREEDOM" - The/RICHARD ALLEN Story. A Dramatic/Narration of Our Bethel's Beginning.]. The record feature a blue label on the front and back with white text throughout with the album name and tracks. Side One [THE/AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH/PIONEERS IN PROTEST/A CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY/LONG PLAY AME 1A/SIDE 1/with/DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. - FREDERICK O'NEAL/Produced for the/RICHARD ALLEN FOUNDATION INC./(a non-profit Corporation)/by/JOHN D. SILVERA]. Side Two [THE/AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH/PIONEERS IN PROTEST/A CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY/LONG PLAY AME 1B/SIDE 2/with/DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. - FREDERICK O'NEAL/Produced for the/RICHARD ALLEN FOUNDATION INC./(a non-profit Corporation)/by/JOHN D. SILVERA].
A program from the October 1919 District Conference of the West Philadelphia District of the Philadelphia Conference of the A.M.E. Church. The program is made from a single sheet of paper folded in half vertically to form four pages. On the front is the main information about the conference. The interior pages contain the schedules for both days of the conference, detailing various reports and their presenters. The back page continues the schedule and has information regarding committees and a notice about levels of monetary support for different sized congregations.
A printed program for the Re-opening reconsecration of Murphy AME Church. The recto features the schedule, selections, and speakers while the verso has text for the congregation and pastor to recite. The program is printed in black ink on white paper.
Program from the Bethel A.M.E. Church for the pre-centennial in 1951. The blue paper cover has the title at the top with [BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH / 916 LAGUNA STREET / SAN FRANCISCO / CALIFORNIA / Rev. C. Wayne Love, Minister] printed in black in the center. The price is listed as twenty-five (25) cents. The edges of the cover are discolored. There is an image of the church inside the front cover. The first article begins [NINETY YEAR OF PROGRESS...]. The program is for the eighty-seventh (87th) session of the California Conference of the A.M.E. Church. There are twenty-four (24) pages and a list of patrons on the interior back cover. The reverse is blank.
This pre-printed unused certificate is for the appointment of a pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The form has text printed in black ink and dotted lines to fill in the name of the person, their place of appointment, the date, and the signature of the presiding bishop. A dark blue seal is printed in the lower left corner. The text and the seal are surrounded by a decorative printed border. The reverse is blank.
Money box that belonged to the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, Bishop Richard Allen. The rectangular box is flat on all sides with a flat bottom. It has a slightly domed top with a horizontal 1 7/8" slot in the center. The brass handle on the top is joined to the box by flat circular disks on either side of the slot. The top of the box is a hinged lid, attached in the back with two hinges. The box is constructed of wood and covered in dark, reddish-brown leather. There is a metal locking mechanism nailed to the front of the box, with a hinged piece that fits into a slot on the lock attached to the center front of the lid. Brass nails with circular heads are lined along the edges of the lid and front and back edges. Smaller brass nails surround the bottom edge of the box and side panels. There is a rectangular piece of off-white, discolored paper adhered to the center of the bottom of the box. Handwritten text in black ink on the paper reads [(illegible) / Rev. C. M.(?) Tanner D.D.(?) / 1 Dec. 1906 / Phila. / The Money Box of Richard Allen]. The inside of the box appears to have been lined with paper, with remnants visible on all inside surfaces. The inside of the lid and back edge contain the most complete pieces. The paper is white with a red circular repeating design.