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This fragile Holy Bible dates to the early 1940s, when Viola Patterson gave it to her son Frank Patterson Jr. who was ten years old at the time. The bible is in need of significant restoration and conservation work.

This copy of Gregg Transcription by Leslie Zoubek was owned by Sister Mary E. Rose a Sunday School teacher at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church. John Robert Gregg (1867-1948) was the inventor of short hand originally known as light line phonography.…

This Sunday School journal book was passed on from Deacon Gladys McKenzie, age 105, to MMBC’s Bishop C. Matthew Hudson and Deacon Joseph Carter, in August 2012. Its entries, all handwritten in pencil, cover Sunday School classes from March 1926…

Deacon Johnnie M. Beasley’s illustrated copy of the Holy Bible appears to have been well used. This is a World Publishing Co., edition. Deaconess Beasley also served as an usher and supervisor for the Young Adult Usher Board. Female deacons were…

This pocket-size Gideon Bible, New Testament, belonged to Deacon John H. Beasley. He identified it with his name, address and the date, probably for when he acquired it. The late Deacon Beasley was the first member baptized in the baptismal pool of…

Wearing this black and gray minister’s robe “won thousands of souls to Christ,” said Bishop C. Matthew Hudson, Jr., Senior Servant of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church. Accompanying the robe is Pastor Hudson’s first Bible used for 18 years,…

In this episode of the University of the District of Columbia's "Books" television program, Humanities Council Executive Director Joy Ford Austin discusses the Big Read and Ernest Gaines's novel, "A Lesson Before Dying" with the show's host and a…
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