[Black Baptist Churches]

Original Title

No Title


Streaming Media

Media is loading


Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

Document Type


Date Information

circa 1971

Playing Time



In this recording, two men discuss the history of Black Baptist churches in Virginia. Preachers such as Rev. W.T. Johnson, Rev. John Jaspers, and Rev. James Holmes are discussed. Churches such as the First African Baptist church are also mentioned. The two men also discuss the Lott Carey, and National Baptist Conventions, and convention splits.

File Name



00:00:03 Audio begins with discussing W.T. Johnson and Virginia Union.

00:09:14 Unidentified man talks about the general consensus of preachers like Z.D. Lewis, R.O. Johnson, A.C. Brown, W.F. Graham, R.T. Hill, M.B. Jones, W.T. Jones, R. H. Holmes, and R.E. Wells, were among the great preachers of Richmond, VA from the period of 1884-1925.

00:17:04 Discusses a letter written by Rev. W.T. Johnson of the Union Theological Seminary.

00:26:52 Talks about the organization of the First African Baptist Church of Virginia and Lott Carey.

00:32:22 Unidentified man talks about insurance companies dependence on ministers for its clients and how people looked up to what the preacher said.

00:36:47 Talks about Rev. John Jaspers and his popularity and the passing of slavery.

00:47:50 Talks about Rev. James Holmes and his lack of training, preaching, and managerial ability.

01:01:55 Audio ends.


The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library acknowledges the generous support of the National Endowment for Humanities - Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation Project Grant in supporting the processing and digitization of a number of its major archival collections as part of the project: Spreading the Word: Expanding Access to African American Religious Archival Collections at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.


All audio content in this collection is protected by copyright or is the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information or to inquire about permission to publish, please contact archives@auctr.edu.



Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.