Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with C.M. Beatty, November 6, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:13 - Personal background / founding of Cadentown Baptist Church

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

Segment Synopsis: Beatty discusses his personal background, and how Cadentown Baptist Church was founded.

Keywords: Church members; Congregation; Elizabeth Embers; Fayette County (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.); Liberty Road; Pastors; Reverend L. J. Jackson; Reverend Thomas

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American clergy; African American families; African American preaching; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Religion; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:07:58 - Original church site / relations with other churches

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Partial Transcript: Why was that site chosen as a place to build the church?

Segment Synopsis: Beatty discusses how the church was built at its original site and how it came to be on Liberty Road. He also describes Cadentown Baptist Church's relation to other churches in and around Lexington.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Cadentown Baptist Church; Church members; Church sites; City churches; Donations; Elizabeth Embers; Land; Land ownership; Lexington (Ky.); Reverend Thomas; Rural churches; White churches; Wills

Subjects: African American Christians; African American churches--Kentucky; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Race Relations--Kentucky; Rural African Americans

00:15:55 - Church activities / role of the pastor / former ministers

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Partial Transcript: From that we've been able to, uh, get the church involved into good many activities.

Segment Synopsis: Beatty discusses some activities the church has sponsored for its members. He describes the role the pastor plays in the Black church. He also names some of the notable ministers that served before him.

Keywords: Basketball; Black community; Leadership; Ministry; Missionary society; Pastors; Recreational activities; Reverend L. J. Jackson

Subjects: African American clergy; African American leadership; African American preaching; African Americans--Recreation; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:23:30 - Personal ministry / church's involvement in social issues

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Partial Transcript: And as I said in, in, in 1957 when I went there, the church was in a very, very low state.

Segment Synopsis: Beatty discusses his time as pastor at Cadentown Baptist Church. He describes the programs put in place during his pastorate. He also speaks on the ways the church has been active in social issues that affect the Black community.

Keywords: Citizenship; Civil rights movement; Education; General Association of Baptists in Kentucky; Leadership; Night services; Pastorate; Programs; Social activities; Sunday school; Young people's choir

Subjects: African American clergy; African American leadership; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Social conditions; African Americans--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:32:16 - Problems in the Black community / Blacks leaving the church / strengths and weaknesses of the Black church

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Partial Transcript: What is the church doing about the problems in the Black community?

Segment Synopsis: Beatty discusses how the church is working to help resolve problems in the Black community. He speaks on what he believes are the strengths and weaknesses of the Black church.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Cadentown (Ky.); Cadentown Baptist Church; Christianity; Church attendance; Church members; Church services; God; Segregation; Unity; White churches

Subjects: African American Christians; African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion; Christianity; Race relations--Kentucky; Rural African Americans; Segregation