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00:00:00 - Personal background / history of Greater Liberty Baptist Church

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working with the University of Kentucky on the oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses his personal background and how the Greater Liberty Baptist Church was started.

Keywords: Founders; Greater Liberty Baptist Church; Land; Main Street Baptist Church; Politics; Reverend Hill; Whites

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions

00:05:26 - Relationships between Black and White churches / perception and role of the pastor

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Partial Transcript: In years past, what kind of a relationship existed between Black and White churches?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses the relationships between Black and White churches. He also talks about his role as a pastor.

Keywords: Authority; Communication; Integration; Leaders; Leadership; Ministers; Pastors; Preaching; Segregation

Subjects: African American preaching; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Community work; Race relations; Segregation--United States

00:10:24 - Great Depression / problems in the Black community

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Partial Transcript: What role did Kentucky's Black churches play in the Great Depression?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses the role Black churches held during the Great Depression. He goes on to talk about politics and problems he sees in the Black community.

Keywords: Assistance; Education; Great Depression; Jobs; Ministry; Morality; Problems; Teaching

Subjects: African American families; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Community work; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Education--United States

00:15:20 - Blacks leaving the church / uniting the churches

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Partial Transcript: Why are so many Blacks turning away from church?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses why Blacks may be leaving the church and if he believes it is possible for Black and White churches to come together.

Keywords: Churches; Dunbar High School; Imitation; Integration; Preaching; Public schools; Segregation; White people

Subjects: African Americans--Race identity; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Education--United States; Integration--United States; Public schools--Kentucky; Segregation--United States

00:20:48 - A pastor's stance on segregation

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Partial Transcript: Do pastors have an interest in segregation?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses segregation and the strengths of the Black church.

Keywords: Black church; Christianity; God; Minister; Segregation; Shortcomings; Strengths

Subjects: African Americans--Race identity; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Racism; Segregation--United States

00:26:32 - Rural churches / work as a pastor

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Partial Transcript: How do rural churches compare with churches in Lexington and Louisville?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses the impact of the rural church on the Black community and vice versa. Lee also talks about his work as a pastor.

Keywords: Black community; Church; City; Civil rights movement; Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); Marches; Ministers; Political protests; Rural; Segregation

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social condition; Civil rights movement; Community work; Protest, culture and society; Race relations; Segregation--United States

00:32:01 - Past ministers and accomplishments

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Partial Transcript: Could you tell us anything that, that you know of the past ministers of Greater Liberty?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses the work of former ministers at Greater Liberty Baptist Church and some former accomplishments the church has had over the years.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Common people; Congregation; Fish fry; Fundraising; Greater Liberty Baptist Church; Growth; Honor; Members; Membership; Ministers; Reverend Christopher

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American clergy; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions

00:37:29 - Split from Main Street Baptist Church to begin Greater Liberty Baptist Church

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Partial Transcript: Why did Greater Liberty split from Main Street?

Segment Synopsis: Lee discusses how Greater Liberty Baptist Church came to be.

Keywords: Background; Greater Liberty Baptist Church; Heritage; Location; Main Street Baptist Church; Members; Split

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions