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Volume 3 AAMHC Journal AAMHC 2016 A Journal of the African American Methodist Heritage Center at a Glance A National Museum The African American Close to Home for Methodists Methodist Heritage Center is The recent dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National a ministry related to the United Methodist Church. It Mall in Washington, DC reminds United Methodists of their creative and crucial role in the history of views the church and its people of color. ministry in retrospect and Both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas received their beginnings from Methodist societies on the prospect. It envisions its work as gatherer and conserver of Eastern shore of Maryland and proceeded on to be the key abolitionists and leaders of the Underground the vital history and heritage Railroad. Some of the first slave insurrectionists were black preachers. The father of the transition from Spirituals to Gospel music was the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley, a former slave and the founder of Tindley of Black people in the Temple United Methodist Church, and the composer of over 100 hymns like Beams of Heaven as I successive Methodist bodies Go, Nothing Between, We'll Understand It Better By and By. Athletes like Sugar Ray Robinson and Jackie Robinson honed their skills at black United Methodists churches in New York and Los Angeles. of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to being racially Honored at the new museum were several individuals who were United Methodists, including Esau and segregated in the Central Janie Jenkins, who drove residents of John’s Island, South Carolina to Charleston, for schools and jobs. Jurisdiction to the United During these journeys they taught adults to read and advocated voter registration. The rear door of their Methodist Church in the Citizens Committee van with filled with inspirational quotes and is now on display at the new museum (see above). Elaine Jenkins, the daughter of Esau and Janie Jenkins, and formerly a member of the Board American and global society. of Trustees of the African American Methodist Heritage Center (AAMHC), traveled with many family The AAMHC ministry is to members and friends to the grand opening. help ensure that accurate A photograph taken by Adelle Banks, a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, representation of that story is and a reporter for Religion News Service, is on display in the museum’s “A Century in the Making” preserved and examined. exhibition. The photo depicts the deputy director of the museum receiving a family’s donation of broken Board of Trustees: stained glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. The Rev. David W. Brown, Dr. family made the presentation in 2013, 50 years after the bombing. Banks is also the primary videographer for the oral history project of the AAMHC. Angella Current Felder, Rev. Fred Day, Rev. Dr. James The first black colleges organized for Blacks following the civil war were by Methodists from the north, beginning with Rust College, and now with 11 such institutions. Similarly, institutions like Gulfside Ferree, Rev. Dr. Hilly Hicks, Assembly in Mississippi were the foundation piece of black Methodists and others. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson , Jr's two key allies were Rev. Joseph Lowery, who become the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Rev. James Lawson, the architect and primary teacher of the early sit-ins. Ms. Ruth Lawson, Ms. And, of course, the empowerers in all those struggles were benevolent white Methodists who believed, Cecelia Long, Mr. Donald sacrificed and often risked their own lives, including the Woman's Home Missionary society who sponsored 25 institutions for children and youth following The Civil War. The AAMHC celebrates the new Lusk, Rev. Dr. Walter museum because it is our museum too. McKelvey, Dr. Arnold Parks, Dr. James M. Shopshire, Sr., Bishop Forrest C. Stith, Elaine Jenkins and Adelle Banks all contributed to the content of this article. Ms. Mollie M. Stewart, Bishop Forrest C. Stith, President Emeritus, Dr. Barbara Ricks Thompson, Dr. Cheryl Walker, Ms. Anne Fleming Williams, Member Emeritus, Dr. John Wright, and Carol L. Travis, Executive Assistant. The AAMHC Journal is published several times a year by the African American Methodist Heritage Center; AAMHC, 36 Madison Avenue, P. O. Box 127; Madison, NJ 07940. email@example.com www.AAMHC-UMC.org (973) 408-3862. Advance #3020514.