Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Susan J. Garr, Mrs. Elber G. Watkins, September 26, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Founding of the Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working for Dr. George Wright and Dr. Benjamin Baker on the oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Garr and Watkins discuss the history of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. They go on to discuss some of the memorable founders and notable ministers.

Keywords: Church; Congregation; Debt; Founders; Lee family; Remodeling; Renovations; Rev. A. L. Guthrie; Rev. A. W. Jackson; Rev. D. W. Ellison; Rev. Edgar Mack; Rev. G. W. Allison; Rev. Hobbes S. Clarke; Rev. J. L. Hoccleve; Rev. K. Marshall; Rev. Uphsaw; Rev. W. C. Smith; Rev. William Young; Reverend

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:09:32 - Church activities / Black and White churches / involvement in the civil rights movement

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Partial Transcript: What activities was the church involved in years ago?

Segment Synopsis: Garr and Watkins discuss the many activities that Quinn Chapel has been a part of. They also speak to the relationship between Black and White churches and their church's participation in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Activism; Choir; Civic engagement; Civil rights movement; Junior church; Meetings; Quinn Chapel AME Church; Race relations; Radio broadcasts; Recreational activities; Segregation; Social activities

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky; African Americans--Conduct of life; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Religion; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington; Segregation--Kentucky

00:19:30 - Pastor's role / Great Depression / church's role in education

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Partial Transcript: Is the pastor a dictator?

Segment Synopsis: Garr and Watkins discuss the role of the pastor, the organizational structure of their church, and how the church fared during the Great Depression.

Keywords: Appointment; Bishops; Black churches; Education; Great Depression; Pastors

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Employment; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions; Depressions--1929--Kentucky

00:30:01 - White and Black churches / current state of the Black church

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Partial Transcript: Will White and Black churches ever unite?

Segment Synopsis: Garr and Watkins discuss the differences between White and Black churches, the current state of the Black church, and churches in rural and urban areas.

Keywords: Black churches; Business; City churches; Congregation; Integration; Ministers; Rural churches; Segregation; Unity; White churches

Subjects: African American business enterprises; African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Kentucky--Lexington--Social conditions; African Americans--Race identity; African Americans--Religion; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington; Segregation

00:38:20 - Quinn Chapel's accomplishments

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Partial Transcript: What accomplishments has Quinn Chapel had in the past fifty years?

Segment Synopsis: Garr and Watkins discuss the accomplishments of Quinn Chapel AME Church, most importantly the building and renovations of the church.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Architecture; Church; Congregation; Fundraising; Quinn Chapel AME Church; Renovations; Social clubs

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Social conditions; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.