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00:00:02 - Personal background / founding of First Baptist Church / notable ministers

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Partial Transcript: --Edward Owens. I'm working for Doctors George Wright and Benjamin Baker on their oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Bishop discusses his personal background and how he came to be pastor at First Baptist Church. He also describes how the church was founded and some of the notable ministers of the past.

Keywords: Childhood; Education; Elizabethtown (Ky.); Family; First Baptist Church; Founders; H. C. Mitchell; Mother church; Poplar Street; Religious education; Reverend C. Starnes; Reverend Dr. W. B. Woods; Reverend Henry Wathen; Servens Valley Baptist Church; Simmons Bible College; Split; White churches

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American clergy; African American families; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Religion; Education, Higher--Kentucky Religious education--United States; Elizabethtown (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:08:01 - Past church activities / focus of the church / pastorate at First Baptist Church

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

Segment Synopsis: Bishop discusses the past activities the church has been involved in. He also describes how the focus of the church has changed over the years, and his time presiding as pastor.

Keywords: Black community; Choirs; Church activities; Deacons; General Association of Kentucky Baptists; Ministers; Missionary work; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Simmons Bible College; Social activities

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American civic leaders; African American clergy; African American leadership; African American singers; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Religion; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:15:07 - Changes in the church / role of the minister / involvement in the civil rights movement

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Partial Transcript: How have ministers changed over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Bishop discusses the changes that have happened in the church and the role of the minister. He also describes how First Baptist Church was involved in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Church board; Church members; Education; Leadership; Minister; Ministry; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Preaching; Servens Valley Baptist Church

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American clergy; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Religion; Civil rights movements--Untied States; Race relations--Kentucky

00:23:21 - Relations with White churches / community engagement

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, so we, we, we've done pretty well.

Segment Synopsis: Bishop discusses the relations First Baptist has with White churches. He also describes the ways in which the church helps the local community.

Keywords: Black community; Community work; Counseling; Education; Educational enrichment; Elizabethtown Community College; High school graduates; Politics; Servens Baptist Church; Voting; Voting registration; Workshops

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American youth; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Politics and government; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Interracial friendship; Race relations--Kentucky

00:32:00 - Employment in Elizabethtown / strengths and weaknesses of the Black church

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Partial Transcript: We're pretty well involved in the, in the employment, uh, situation.

Segment Synopsis: Bishop discusses the ways in which First Baptist has helped get African Americans employed in the local community. He also describes the strengths and weaknesses of the Black church.

Keywords: Black churches; Black community; Church attendance; Church membership; Elizabethtown (Ky.); Employment; Finances; Grants; Housing; School teachers; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American clergy; African American teachers; African American youth; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Employment; African Americans--Housing; African Americans--Religion; Community work