Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Paul E. Fuller, October 20, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Personal background / founding of All Souls Church

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working with Dr. George Wright, a history professor at the University of Kentucky, on his oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Fuller discusses his personal background, and how All Souls Church came into being.

Keywords: All Souls Church; Chattanooga (Tenn.); Dr. Biggerstaff; Dr. Bush Hunter; Dr. Joe Scott; Dr. John Wright; Financial aid; Founders; Laura Massey; Liberal; Presbyterian churches; Reverend Ray Brown; University of Chattanooga; University of Kentucky

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social conditions.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Education, Higher--Tennessee

00:03:53 - Membership of All Souls Church / duration / cost of church

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Partial Transcript: Approximately how many members did you have?

Segment Synopsis: Fuller discusses the membership and duration of All Souls Church, as well as its financial support from the Presbyterian Church.

Keywords: Academic community; Church membership; Class; Colleagues; Congregation; Finances; Financial support; Missionary work; Neighborhood; Presbyterian churches; Professional community; Proselytizing

Subjects: African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Social conditions; Neighborhoods; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington; Social status

00:09:04 - Civic activities / church programming

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Partial Transcript: Was the church involved in any civic activities?

Segment Synopsis: Fuller discusses the civic activities of All Souls and its programming.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Black ministers; Church services; Civic activities; Hostility; James Sleet; Meetings; Neighborhood; Politics; Programming; Speakers; Students for a Democratic Society

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Religion; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington

00:16:12 - Relationship with Black churches / failure of the church

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Partial Transcript: What kind of a relationship did your church have with the Black churches in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Fuller discusses All Souls' relationship with Black churches in Lexington, and also its eventual disbandment.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Bush Hunter; Congregation; Cordial relationship; Dr. Biggerstaff; Dr. Joe Scott; Failures; Interracial; John Hunter; Leaving; Lexington (Ky.); Transfers; Unpopular

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion; Integration--United States; Race relations--Kentucky--Lexington

00:22:17 - Previous church membership / All Souls Church's effect on his children

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Partial Transcript: Dr. Fuller, had you belonged to a church previously?

Segment Synopsis: Fuller discusses his previous church membership, and the effect All Souls Church has had on his children.

Keywords: Church leaders; Church members; Community outreach; Disbandment; Fundamentalist Protestant; Integration; Methodist Church; Public schools; Racial equality

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; Integration--United States; Racism--United States; Religious denominations