Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Richard Hill, Sr., February 27, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Personal background

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

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses his educational background leading up to his formal training to become a pastor.

Keywords: Danville (Ky.); First Baptist Church; Higher education; London (Ky.):Cumberland College; Louisville (Ky.); Mill Street Baptist Church; Richard Hill; Simmons Bible College; Teaching; Union College

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.

00:01:49 - History of First Baptist Church

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Partial Transcript: --you give me some of the early history of First Baptist Church?

Segment Synopsis: Hills provides insight on the early church history, previous influential pastors, and his own pastorate.

Keywords: Baptist; Baptist Academy; Betsy Johns; Danville (Ky.); David Slaughter; Elijah Green; G. Hamilton Martin; Green Street Baptist Church; Issac Slaughter; J. E. Wood; John Mukes; Juvenile choir; Laymen League; Robert Fischer; Whites; Women's Bible Class; Women's Improvement Club; Women's Missionary Society

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

00:06:51 - Church activities

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Partial Transcript: This, this church is, is, uh, is around 133 years old.

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses the church's activities and programs that play an active role in the Black community.

Keywords: Baptist; Community; Consulting; Drugs; Evangelism; Family; Funding; J. E. Wood; Land ownership; Members; Ministers; National Baptist Convention; Newspapers; Preaching; Simmons Bible College; Teaching; Torch Light; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Marriage.; African Americans--Newspapers.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.

00:22:37 - Role of the Black minister / changes in the church

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

Segment Synopsis: Hill gives his opinion on the position of Black ministers as community leaders. He also discusses some of the changes in the church, such as training requirements and the church's focus.

Keywords: Black community; Community leaders; Family; Focus; Funding; Ministers; Preachers; Services; Simmons College; State Baptist Convention; Training; Wages; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.

00:41:47 - Relationships between Black and White churches / strengths and weaknesses of the Black church

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Partial Transcript: What, what kind of relationship has existed between Black and White churches in Danville over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses the relationship with the Black and White churches in Danville. He also describes what he believes are the church's biggest strengths and weaknesses.

Keywords: African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME); Baptist Fellowship; Calvary Baptist Church; Community; Faith; Funding; God; Philadelphia (Penn.); Richard Allen; Service; Slavery; Tithing

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