Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with E.M. Johnson, January 31, 1979

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

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

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the founding of the church, the history of the land, and the purpose of the church's creation.

Keywords: E. M Johnson; First Baptist Church; Founding; Isaac Green; Land ownership; Paris (Ky.); Preaching; S. L Taylor

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Religion.; Race relations--Kentucky; Segregation.

00:06:53 - Pastoral accomplishments

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Partial Transcript: Would, would you discuss your pastorate for us?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the programs that have started since he began serving as pastor for First Baptist Church.

Keywords: Baptist Credit Union; Church brotherhood,Youth; Community; E. M Johnson; Fundraising; Women Missionary Union

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

00:11:09 - Church activities and organizations

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

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the church's primary activities. He also describes organizations that focus on the community, youth, and financial support for higher education.

Keywords: Community; Education; Home and Foreign Mission; Preaching; Teaching; Youth

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

00:15:19 - Black leaders / civil rights

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Partial Transcript: Is the Black minister still the leader in the Black community?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the leadership roles of Black ministers, and the church's involvement with the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Civil protests; Community; Education; Paris (Ky.); Preaching; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights movements--United States; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

00:18:52 - Relationships between Black and White churches / education

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Partial Transcript: What kind of relationship has existed between Black and White churches in Paris?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the relationship between White and Black churches in Paris, as well as First Baptist's involvement in education and community.

Keywords: Community; Discrimination; Land ownership; Racial tension; Racism

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Race discrimination.; Race relations--Kentucky

00:21:18 - Ministerial alliance / strengths and weaknesses

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Partial Transcript: Is there a ministerial alliance in Paris?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson discusses the duties of the ministerial alliance. He also describes the strengths and weaknesses of the Black church.

Keywords: Black churches; Community; Educational concerns; Fellowship; Funds; Leadership; Preaching; Religion; Youth

Subjects: African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.