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African American Episcopal Church ephemera, ca. 1890s.
MANUSCRIPT SMCII Box 18 Folders 5-7
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African American Episcopal Church ephemera, ca. 1890s


There are thirty items in the African Methodist Episcopal Church ephemera collection, including flyers, calling cards, tickets, etc. Some are annotated with names, dates and miscellaneous notes. Provenance of the collection is unknown but likely the collector was in some way affiliated with the A.M.E. church. The items are grouped as follows:
J. Harvey Jones items. Jones was an itinerent preacher and doctor(?) who toured with "The Great Gift Bioramic Bazar" and touted "Dixie Pain King" patent medicine. There are two flyers and several tickets to his various events in this group. A calling card identifies him as a pastor of the A.M.E. church.
Eleven items relate to various A.M.E. churches in California. There are announcements of events, tickets, and calling cards from pastors of churches in Stockton, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Fresno, and Colusa.
Eight items do not relate directly to the church. These include miscellaneous calling cards and notes, also a sheet from a ledger headed "Addresses of persons in California U.S.A." listing African Americans in Oakland and Woodland.


1890 (issued)


Folder 5: J. Harvey Jones. -- Folder 6: A.M.E. Church Misc. -- Folder 7: African American Misc.


Jones, J. Harvey -- Miscellanea
African Methodist Episcopal Church -- California -- Miscellanea
African American clergy -- California -- Miscellanea
African Americans -- California -- Miscellanea


The African Methodist Episcopal Church was initiated in Philadelphia in 1787 by Richard Allen in order to provide African Americans with "opportunities for self-expression and fuller involvement in the service of the worship of God, and in society as a whole". In 1816 African churches from several Eastern cities came together to formally establish the A.M.E. Church. Missionary activity was included in the Church agenda and soon churches were being established throughout the country.
The first A.M.E. church in the Western U.S. was established in Sacramento in 1850. It was organized by Barney Fletcher, a local preacher, in the home of Daniel Blue who became one of its first officers. Formal affiliation with the A.M.E. was granted in 1851. Several more affiliated churches were established after the arrival of missionary T.M.D. Ward in 1854. The A.M.E. churches in California provided a social and political forum for African Americans in the state during the Civil War period and its aftermath. Today there are some twenty A.M.E. churches active in the state.
African Methodist Episcopal Church ephemera.
Letter to the editor from William A. Brinkley titled: "Refutation and review of the Stockton Mail and Tulare Register's defamatory and slanderous editorial against the Afro-American race, of June 17th, 1893" (SMCII Box 18 Folder 8 )
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

Physical Description:

30 items : ports.




MANUSCRIPT SMCII Box 18 Folders 5-7



Copyright Note:

Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.