Coalition to Save the ’Met’ (Metropolitan Community Church) Archives

Coalition to Save the ’Met’ (Metropolitan Community Church) Archives, 1898-2007
Dates: 1898-2007
Size: 19 linear feet (21 archival boxes)
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628
Collection Number: 2007/10
Provenance: Donation of the Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ (Metropolitan Community Church), 2007. Subsequent donations were made by Linda Richardson Slaughter and Lawrence Bertha, 2008.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Coalition to Save the ’Met’ (Metropolitan Community Church) Archives [Box #, Folder #], Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Michael Flug, Senior Archivist, Harsh Archival Processing Project

Organization History

The Coalition to Save the ‘Met’

Five people long associated with Chicago’s historic Metropolitan Community Church met in July 2001 to develop plans to save the church from demolition. Their fears had been aroused when the pastor of Metropolitan Community Church, the Rev. Leon Perry III, suddenly announced plans to demolish the historic church and build a new church complex on the property. The five at the meeting agreed that the architectural and historical significance of the church demanded that it should be saved. They recalled MCC’s central role in the organization of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and in rallying the community to defend Ethiopia against Mussolini’s invasion, and as the site where notable African American leaders W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson had spoken and sung.

In early August 2001, some 27 people, many of them elderly, formally organized the Coalition to Save the ‘Met.’ Among the participants were several who had been members of MCC since the early years of the church in the 1920s. Led by Linda Richardson Slaughter, daughter of the late Rev. Theodore Richardson, they organized letter-writing campaigns and street protests, presented their arguments to the media and dispatched speakers to educate the community. In less than one month, more than 5,000 people had signed petitions to save MCC; the petitions were delivered to City Hall and to Third Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman. In the media, the campaign was led by the renowned journalist Vernon Jarrett, who wrote many columns educating the public about historic political, literary and musical events held at MCC throughout the 20th century. More than 200 newspaper articles were published about the controversy.

The coalition also successfully halted the removal of the church’s famous stained glass windows and blocked salvage thieves. They succeeded in winning the support of many historic preservation groups and had MCC placed on the “10 Most Endangered List” of historic sites. On November 4, 2002, the coalition was granted a temporary restraining order in Cook County Circuit Court, enjoining Metropolitan Community Church leadership from engaging in any activities designed to dismantle or demolish the building. The restraining order remained in effect until June 2003, when Christ Apostolic Church’s pastor, Dr. Leon Finney, signed an agreement to purchase the entire historic site.

The coalition then turned its attention to fundraising for the needed restoration and renovation of the building and documenting the church’s history. In September 2003, the Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ was honored with the Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Award for Advocacy. It was the first African American group to receive this award. In 2007, at a meeting at MCC, the coalition agreed to collect historic documents and photographs to assure that the history of Metropolitan Community Church would not be forgotten. They donated these materials to the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature.

Metropolitan Community Church

In September 1920, members of Chicago’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, disturbed at an unexpected order moving their pastor, the Rev. W.D. Cook, to a post in Iowa, met and decided to form a new church, outside the A.M.E. denomination. A week later, on October 3, 1920, the new congregation held its first services in rented space at Unity Hall, 3140 S. Indiana Avenue. At the end of Cook’s sermon, 585 people joined the new church. The members decided to call their congregation The People’s Church and Metropolitan Community Center. In subsequent weeks the church held Sunday services at Wendell Phillips High School. Renowned conductor J. Wesley Jones was hired as the church’s choirmaster. The congregation selected a board of trustees, including prominent physician Roscoe C. Giles and funeral director W.J. Morsell. By the end of 1920, Metropolitan hosted the first national council of primarily African American community churches. Three years later, a new denomination, the National Council of People’s Community Churches, was formed.

The new church grew rapidly through the 1920s, and plans were made to secure a permanent home. In 1927, First Presbyterian Church, a white congregation, moved to the Woodlawn neighborhood, and put their church building, at 41st Street and Grand Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Drive), up for sale. The historic church had been designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by architect Richard T. Long. The building was completed in 1890 and is considered one of the most impressive examples of church architecture in 19th century Chicago. First Presbyterian Church had added a huge Skinner organ, installed in 1922. Metropolitan Community Church purchased the building in February 1927 for the price of $185,000.

The Rev. William Decatur Cook passed away on July 5, 1930. Dr. Joseph Meakin Evans was called from Detroit to deliver the sermon. Just before his death, Cook had written a letter to the congregation recommending Evans as his successor. Evans was called to lead MCC and delivered his first sermon in August 1930.

In the 1930s MCC enlarged its role as a meeting and organizing place for a wide range of community, labor, fraternal and political groups. From the beginnings of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, MCC served as its Chicago host. Chicago activist Milton P. Webster was the union’s first vice president. Webster and the union’s leader, A. Philip Randolph, often spoke at MCC. The church also hosted meetings of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and it co-sponsored rallies to support Ethiopian resistance to Mussolini’s invasion. In the 1940s the church welcomed First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and hosted a national gathering of the March on Washington Movement.

Music had a strong role in the church from its beginnings. Professor J. Wesley Jones served as minister of music at MCC from 1920 until the last years of his life and was president of the National Association of Negro Musicians from 1928 to 1930. When the gospel revolution stirred Chicago African American churches in the early 1930s, Jones’ assistant, Magnolia Lewis Butts, organized the W.D. Cook Gospel Choir. An acclaimed soloist, Lewis Butts also joined with Thomas Dorsey and Theodore Frye in organizing the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in 1932. A 1935 event featured more than 600 members of Chicago-area gospel choruses. Among many stars who performed at MCC were Mahalia Jackson, Anita Patti Brown, Roberta Martin, Edward Boatner and Theodore Charles Stone.

Dr. Joseph M. Evans passed away on June 27, 1956. Prior to his death, he had recommended that theRev. Theodore Richardson succeed him. One week later the church called Richardson to the pastorate. Richardson directed many physical improvements in the church and oversaw the founding of the Metropolitan Community Foundation. The foundation built Cal-Met Village, an apartment tower serving the needs of MCC members and neighborhood residents. It also began an annual award of college scholarships. The strong music tradition of MCC continued to flourish during Richardson’s tenure, with Eugene Scott serving as minister of music. Richardson retired in October 1995 and died February 3, 2012.

The Rev. Leon Perry III was installed as pastor of MCC on July 7, 1996. Perry moved Metropolitan Community Church, with some of the congregation’s members, to a new location at 4610 S. Prairie Avenue. The historic building is now owned by Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, 4100 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The pastor is the Rev. Leon Finney.

Sources

  • Bates, Beth Tompkins. Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black America, 1925-1945. University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
  • Best, Wallace. Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952. Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • Boyer, Horace Clarence. The Golden Age of Gospel. University of Illinois Press, 2000.
  • Evans, Joseph Meakin. History of Metropolitan Community Church. Metropolitan Community Church, 1956.
  • Sernett, Milton C. Bound for the Promised Land: African American Religion and the Great Migration . Duke University Press, 1997.

Scope and Content Note

Series 1: Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ Documents
These files were compiled by Linda Richardson Slaughter, one of the original organizers of the Coalition to Save the ‘Met’. They document the organization’s successful campaign to prevent the dismantling and demolition of the historic church building. Included are articles of incorporation, petitions, correspondence, programs, contractors’ quotes, research materials and clipping files from the origin of the coalition in 2001 through 2006.

Series 2: Metropolitan Community Church Anniversary Books
Starting in the mid-1930s, Metropolitan Community Church celebrated noteworthy anniversaries. This series includes anniversaries of MCC from 1939 through the 75th anniversary in 1995. There are also anniversary books for the Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Grace Evans’ 50th wedding anniversary, for the Rev. Theodore Richardson’s 16th and 25th anniversaries of service to MCC and a special publication, “Memories of the Met in Pictures,” published in 1989. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: MCC Organizational Documents
In keeping with its rules encouraging participatory governance, MCC published a variety of organizational documents throughout its history. This series includes the original 1930 “Handbook of Suggested Forms of Organization, Order of Service and Rules and Regulations.” Also included are annual summaries of the work of the church beginning in 1936, a membership manual and revisions of the constitution and by-laws. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 4: MCC Programs
This series documents programs held at the church or in which MCC participated from 1942 through 2002. The programs are divided into two groups: programs sponsored by the church and its organizations, and funeral programs. Each group is arranged chronologically.

Series 5: MCC Biographical and Historical Items
This small series contains materials documenting the lives and work of the Rev. Joseph Evans and the Rev. Theodore Richardson, as well as administrative, financial and organizational documents from 1898 through 2001.

Series 6: MCC Serials and Clippings
From the 1920s through the 1990s, MCC produced Tidings , a serial publication for its members. Most of the issues have been lost, but the series includes some issues from 1930 through 1990. Also included is a single issue of Metropolitan Community Pioneer , published in 1957, as well as church bulletins from 2001. The serials are arranged chronologically. Also included are a few clippings from the Chicago Defender , reporting on MCC events and activities. These are also arranged chronologically, from 1920 through 1992.

Series 7: MCC Scrapbooks Honoring the Rev. Richardson
When the Rev. Theodore Richardson was retiring in 1995, MCC members created two scrapbooks remembering his long years of service to the church. One scrapbook, given to him in October 1995, contains both documents and photographs. The second, given in January 1996, contains only photographs of his retirement celebration.

Series 8: Leroy Shackelford, Jr. Papers
Leroy Shackelford, Jr., a lifelong member of MCC, was an early activist in the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. A friend of BSCP Vice President Milton Webster, Shackelford took on many union responsibilities, in addition to his work at MCC. The Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ added his papers to this collection. His papers include organizational documents from the BSCP and from the successor union into which it merged after 1978, the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks. The papers contain BSCP and BRAC contracts, rules, union documents, correspondence, serials and clippings. Also included are materials from the A. Philip Randolph Institute and a small group of memorabilia collected by Shackelford.

Series 9: MCC Photographs
This extensive series includes nearly 500 photographs of MCC, its activities and its members. The earliest photos date from 1925, and the most recent are dated in 2000. The photographs are largely arranged in the order in which they were donated.

Series 10: Audiovisual Materials
Lawrence Bertha, a longtime member of MCC, was the videographer who recorded MCC choir musical programs from 1987 through 1996. These recordings are on DVD-R. Also included are a few AV recordings on audiocassette.

Series 11: Memorabilia
A small group of MCC memorabilia, including a framed document listing the 1920 founders of the church, is included in this series.

Related Papers

Related papers at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection include: Timuel D. Black, Jr. Papers, Lucy Smith Collier Papers, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Archives, Illinois Writers Project/”Negro in Illinois” Papers, St. Edmund Episcopal Church Archives and the Theodore Charles Stone Papers.

Container List

Series 1: Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ Documents
Box 1 Folder 1 Coalition materials, Initial publicity campaign to save the ‘Met’ (Metropolitan Community Church), 2001-2003
Box 1 Folder 2 Coalition materials, Preservation Chicago report, 2001
Box 1 Folder 3 Coalition materials, Partners for Sacred Spaces newsletter, 2001
Box 1 Folder 4 Coalition materials, Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ Articles of Incorporation, 2002
Box 1 Folder 5 Coalition materials, Signed petitions to “spare the wrecking ball” at Metropolitan Community Church, 2002
Box 1 Folder 6 Coalition materials, Defendants response to motion for temporary restraining order, 2002
Box 1 Folder 7 Coalition materials, MCC Bulletins, 11/17/2002-12/1/2002
Box 1 Folder 8 Coalition materials, Financial documents, 2002
Box 1 Folder 9 Coalition materials, Driehaus Foundation preservation award to Coalition to Save the ‘Met,’ 2003
Box 1 Folder 10 Coalition materials, “A History of Metropolitan Community Church,” 1995, 2003
Box 1 Folder 11 Coalition materials, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, reports on MCC, 2003-2006
Box 1 Folder 12 Coalition materials, MCC restoration work, 2003-2005
Box 1 Folder 13 Coalition materials, Plans for restoration of pipe organ, 2003
Box 1 Folder 14 Coalition materials, History of coalition activities, 2003
Box 1 Folder 15 Coalition materials, Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ calendar, 2003
Box 1 Folder 16 Coalition materials, “The Journey to Landmark Status,” (booklet), 2004
Box 1 Folder 17 Coalition materials, Stained glass restoration proposal, The Hayden Group, 2004-2005
Box 1 Folder 18 Coalition materials, Legal correspondence on the Rev. Theodore Richardson’s pension, 2004
Box 1 Folder 19 Coalition materials, Submission to the National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, 2004
Box 1 Folder 20 Coalition materials, newspaper clippings by and about Vernon Jarrett and funeral program, 2004
Box 1 Folder 21 Coalition materials, First Benefit to Restore the Met, 2005
Box 1 Folder 22 Coalition materials, Clippings on campaign to save the ‘Met,’ 2001
Box 1 Folder 23 Coalition materials, Clippings on campaign to save the ‘Met,’ 2002
Box 1 Folder 24 Coalition materials, Clippings on campaign to save the ‘Met,’ 2003
Box 1 Folder 25 Coalition materials, Clippings on campaign to save the ‘Met,’ 2004
Box 1 Folder 26 Coalition materials, Clippings on campaign to save the ‘Met,’ fragments, [n.d.]
Series 2: Metropolitan Community Church Anniversary Books
Box 2 Folder 1 MCC Anniversary Books, 19th anniversary of the Church and Main Choir, 1939
Box 2 Folder 2 MCC Anniversary Books, 22nd anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1942
Box 2 Folder 3 MCC Anniversary Books, 24th anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1944
Box 2 Folder 4 MCC Anniversary Books, Golden Celebration, 50th Wedding Anniversary of the Rev. Joseph Evans and Mrs. Grace Evans, 1949
Box 2 Folder 5 MCC Anniversary Books, 30th anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1950
Box 2 Folder 6 MCC Anniversary Books, 32nd anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1952
Box 2 Folder 7 MCC Anniversary Books, 36th anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1956
Box 2 Folder 8 MCC Anniversary Books, 37th anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1957
Box 2 Folder 9 MCC Anniversary Books, 42nd anniversary of the Church and Senior Choir, 1962
Box 2 Folder 10 MCC Anniversary Books, 50th anniversary: A Half-Century of Christian Service, 1970
Box 2 Folder 11 MCC Anniversary Books, Pastor’s 16th anniversary service (Rev. Theodore Richardson), 1972
Box 2 Folder 12 MCC Anniversary Books, 60th anniversary celebration, 1980
Box 2 Folder 13 MCC Anniversary Books, 25th anniversary of the Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1981
Box 2 Folder 14 MCC Anniversary Books, “Memories of the Met in Pictures,” 1989
Box 2 Folder 15 MCC Anniversary Books, 75th anniversary, Diamond Jubilee of Metropolitan Community Church, 1995
Series 3: MCC Organizational Documents
Box 3 Folder 1 Organizational documents, “Handbook of Suggested Forms of Organization, Order of Service and Rules and Regulations, etc.,” by the Rev. Joseph M. Evans, MCC, 1930
Box 3 Folder 2 Organizational documents, “Summary of the work of the MCC, 1935-36”
Box 3 Folder 3 Organizational documents, “Summary of the work of the MCC, 1937-38”
Box 3 Folder 4 Organizational documents, “Summary of the work of the MCC, 1938-39”
Box 3 Folder 5 Organizational documents, “By-Laws of the MCC,” 1938, 1961
Box 3 Folder 6 Organizational documents, “A Manual of Forms for Work and Worship,” 1930, 1938, 1961
Box 3 Folder 7 Organizational documents, “Summary of the work of the MCC, 1940-41”
Box 3 Folder 8 Organizational documents, “Summary of the work of the MCC, 1946-47”
Box 3 Folder 9 Organizational documents, MCC membership materials, 1958-62
Box 3 Folder 10 Organizational documents, “Review and Planning Committee, Final Report,” 1989
Box 3 Folder 11 Organizational documents, MCC job descriptions, 1989
Box 3 Folder 12 Organizational documents, MCC Constitution and By-Laws, 1998
Box 3 Folder 13 Organizational documents, MCC Membership Manual, 1999
Box 3 Folder 14 Organizational documents, “Program and Ministry,” MCC, written by the Rev. Theodore Richardson, [n.d.]
Box 3 Folder 15 Organizational documents, “Guidelines for the Minister of Parish Life,” written by the Rev. Theodore Richardson, [n.d.]
Series 4: MCC Programs
Box 3 Folder 16 MCC Programs, “Metropolitan Church Choir, In Concert,” Orchestra Hall, May 18, 1942
Box 3 Folder 17 MCC Programs, North Central Regional Council of Community Churches in Christ, August 19-23, 1942
Box 3 Folder 18 MCC Programs, “The Junior Church on Parade,” October 5, 1944
Box 3 Folder 19 MCC Programs, “Senior Choir Musical and Installation Service of Its New Minister, Rev. Theodore Richardson,” September 23, 1956
Box 3 Folder 20 MCC Programs, “A Sacred Music Story, Presented by the Silent Workers Club,” March 17, 1957
Box 3 Folder 21 MCC Programs, “Women’s Day Program,” July 6, 1958
Box 3 Folder 22 MCC Programs, “Women’s Day Program,” July 9, 1961
Box 3 Folder 23 MCC Programs, “Junior Church Presents Mid-Winter Fantasy,” February 12, 1961
Box 3 Folder 24 MCC Programs, “Annual Woman’s Day,” July 18, 1965
Box 3 Folder 25 MCC Programs, “Annual Women’s Day,” July 21, 1968
Box 3 Folder 26 MCC Programs, “Supplement to the Woman’s Day Souvenir Book,” July 20, 1969
Box 3 Folder 27 MCC Programs, Church calendar, 1974
Box 3 Folder 28 MCC Programs, “Annual Women’s Day,” 1973
Box 3 Folder 29 MCC Programs, “Annual Day with the Men of Metropolitan Community Church,” 1975
Box 3 Folder 30 MCC Programs, 25th anniversary of the Rev. Theodore Richardson as pastor of MCC, November 15, 1981
Box 3 Folder 31 MCC Programs, “Men’s Day Observance,” March 21, 1993
Box 3 Folder 32 MCC Programs, “Installation Service for Rev. Leon Perry, III,” July 7, 1996
Box 3 Folder 33 MCC Programs, Annual church meeting, “Embracing the Vision,” January 27, 2001
Box 3 Folder 34 MCC Programs, Bible 101—Biblical Overview, Ministry of Biblical Studies, course materials, 2002
Box 4 Folder 1 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Grace Almeda Burton Evans, 1954
Box 4 Folder 2 MCC Programs, Funeral program for the Rev. Joseph Meakin Evans, 1956
Box 4 Folder 3 MCC Programs, Funeral program for the Rev. William Andrew Bertha, Sr., 1964
Box 4 Folder 4 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Dr. Roscoe Conkling Giles, 1970
Box 4 Folder 5 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Major Jefferson, 1986
Box 4 Folder 6 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Mrs. Clyde Covington Hale, 1993
Box 4 Folder 7 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Meredith Celestine Carr, 1994
Box 4 Folder 8 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Lillie E. Thomas McGill, 1994
Box 4 Folder 9 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Lehman Vaughn, Jr., 1995
Box 4 Folder 10 MCC Programs, Funeral program for James Richardson, Sr., California, 1995
Box 4 Folder 11 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Wyona Josephine DeLoney, 1998
Box 4 Folder 12 MCC Programs, Funeral program for Rosetta Shaw, [n.d.]
Series 5: MCC Biographical and Historical Items
Box 4 Folder 13 Biographical file, the Rev. Joseph Meakin Evans, 1898-1956
Box 4 Folder 14 Lecture, Rev. Joseph Evans, “The Man at Humanity’s Door,” 1946
Box 4 Folder 15 Biographical file, Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1946-2001
Box 4 Folder 16 Lectures, Rev. Theodore Richardson, [n.d.]
Box 4 Folder 17 MCC administrative documents, 2000-2001
Box 4 Folder 18 Correspondence on church mortgage, 1925-1937
Box 4 Folder 19 Legal files, MCC v. Harvey Watkins, Appellate Court of Illinois, 1931
Box 4 Folder 20 MCC Organizational files, The Sunflower Club, 1987
Box 4 Folder 21 History of the Skinner organ at MCC, ca. 1970-1995
Box 4 Folder 22 MCC architecture history, 1982-1996
Series 6: MCC Serials and Clippings
Box 4 Folder 23 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” June 1935
Box 4 Folder 24 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” July 1956
Box 4 Folder 25 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” January 1957
Box 4 Folder 26 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” February 1957
Box 4 Folder 27 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” March 1957
Box 4 Folder 28 MCC Serials, “Metropolitan Community Pioneer,” April 1957
Box 4 Folder 29 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” June 1957
Box 4 Folder 30 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” June 1959
Box 4 Folder 31 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” July 1973
Box 4 Folder 32 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” July 1974
Box 4 Folder 33 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” February 1975
Box 4 Folder 34 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” July 1975
Box 4 Folder 35 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” January 1979
Box 4 Folder 36 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” February 1980
Box 4 Folder 37 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” May 1988
Box 4 Folder 38 MCC Serials, “Tidings,” July 1990
Box 4 Folder 39 MCC Serials, “The Metropolitan Spirit,” July/August 2001
Box 4 Folder 40 MCC Serials, Untitled, September 2001
Box 4 Folder 41 MCC Serials, Church Bulletin, October 7, 2001
Box 4 Folder 42 MCC Serials, Church Bulletin, October 14, 2001
Box 4 Folder 43 MCC Serials, Untitled, October 2001
Box 4 Folder 44 MCC Clippings, “Prof. Jones to Lead…,” Chicago Defender (CD), October 16, 1920
Box 4 Folder 45 MCC Clippings, “Metropolitan Community Center,” CD, December 4, 1920
Box 4 Folder 46 MCC Clippings, “J.D. Bryant in Address…,” CD, April 7, 1923
Box 4 Folder 47 MCC Clippings, “Labor Chief Pleads Cause…,” CD, August 10, 1929
Box 4 Folder 48 MCC Clippings, “Rev. William Cook Dies,” CD, July 12, 1930
Box 4 Folder 49 MCC Clippings, “Gospel Singers Close 2nd Annual Meet,” CD, August 11, 1934
Box 4 Folder 50 MCC Clippings, “Chicago Gospel Choruses,” CD, July 6, 1935
Box 4 Folder 51 MCC Clippings, “Ms. Bethune Arrives for Testimonial,” CD, April 3, 1943
Box 4 Folder 52 MCC Clippings, “Chicago Choir Director Dies,” CD, December 17, 1949
Box 4 Folder 53 MCC Clippings, “Integration Leader to Be Banquet Speaker,” CD, October 20, 1960
Box 4 Folder 54 MCC Clippings, “MCC Celebrates 40th Anniversary,” CD, October 31, 1960
Box 4 Folder 55 MCC Clippings, “Music Group Sponsors Festival,” CD, May 25, 1968
Box 4 Folder 56 MCC Clippings, Assorted articles on PUSH and NAACP, CD and Citizen Newspaper, 1976, 1988
Box 4 Folder 57 MCC Clippings, “JNA Silver event to honor past honorees,” CD, October 3, 1981
Box 4 Folder 58 MCC Clippings, “NAACP salutes Metropolitan Community Church,” CD, January 9, 1992
Series 7: MCC Scrapbooks Honoring the Rev. Richardson
Box 5 1 Rev. Theodore Richardson: Retirement scrapbook of photographs and documents, October 22, 1995
Box 5 2 Rev. Theodore Richardson: Retirement Celebration. Scrapbook of photographs, January 14, 1996
Series 8: Leroy Shackelford, Jr. Papers
Box 6 Folder 1 Shackelford papers, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), Constitution and General Rules, 1925, 1965
Box 6 Folder 2 Shackelford papers, BSCP Agreement with Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RR, 1941
Box 6 Folder 3 Shackelford papers, BSCP 24th anniversary celebration, Chicago, 1949
Box 6 Folder 4 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Pullman Company contract [fragment], 1953
Box 6 Folder 5 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Grievance Committee instructions, ca. 1958
Box 6 Folder 6 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Pullman Company contract, 1964
Box 6 Folder 7 Shackelford papers, BSCP correspondence, 1965-1978
Box 6 Folder 8 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Donations for Milton Webster’s funeral, 1965
Box 6 Folder 9 Shackelford papers, BSCP, “The Black Worker” (BSCP newspaper), 1965-66
Box 6 Folder 10 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RR, dining car notice, 1966
Box 6 Folder 11 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Telegram from President Lyndon Johnson to BSCP President A. Philip Randolph, May 23, 1968
Box 6 Folder 12 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Memo on job protection in Pullman Company, 1968
Box 6 Folder 13 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Porters’ separation allowance awards, 1968
Box 6 Folder 14 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Seating list, Testimonial dinner for A.P. Randolph, 1969
Box 6 Folder 15 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Burlington Northern and Council of RR Unions implementation agreement, 1970
Box 6 Folder 16 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Benefit and Trust Life Insurance, 1973
Box 6 Folder 17 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Memorandum agreement with National Carriers Conference, 1973
Box 6 Folder 18 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Supplemental Sickness Benefit Plan, 1973
Box 6 Folder 19 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Wage increases, 1975
Box 6 Folder 20 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Merger of BSCP into Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks (BRAC), 1978
Box 6 Folder 21 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Funeral program for Walter Cole, 1984
Box 6 Folder 22 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Funeral program for Emery D. Bowser, 2006
Box 6 Folder 23 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Dining card employees loyalty card, [n.d.]
Box 6 Folder 24 Shackelford papers, BSCP, Union stationery with notes, [n.d.]
Box 6 Folder 25 Shackelford papers, BSCP, New Orleans employee listing, [n.d.]
Box 6 Folder 26 Shackelford papers, BSCP, CB&Q porters list, [n.d.]
Box 6 Folder 27 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Contract with Amtrak, 1972
Box 6 Folder 28 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Merger of BSCP and BRAC, 1978
Box 6 Folder 29 Shackelford papers, BRAC, By-Laws of Sleeping Car Porters System Division 399, BRAC, 1978
Box 6 Folder 30 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Life and Accident Insurance, 1978
Box 6 Folder 31 Shackelford papers, BRAC, “Railway Clerk Interchange,” 1978-1980
Box 6 Folder 32 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Report on Memorial Tribute to A.P. Randolph, 1979
Box 6 Folder 33 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Allied Services Division file, 1979-1984
Box 6 Folder 34 Shackelford papers, BRAC, BRAC Convention Proceedings, Toronto, Canada, 1979
Box 7 Folder 1 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Section reports, 1979
Box 7 Folder 2 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Amtrak Service Workers Council pay rates, 1980
Box 7 Folder 3 Shackelford papers, BRAC, General Chairmen’s program, 1980
Box 7 Folder 4 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Staff retirement program, 1980
Box 7 Folder 5 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Rail Passenger Service Act amendment, 1981
Box 7 Folder 6 Shackelford papers, Railroad Retirement Board, 1981
Box 7 Folder 7 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Railroad Employees Dental Plan, 1981
Box 7 Folder 8 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Railway Clerks Political League, 1982
Box 7 Folder 9 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Chicago seniority roster, 1983
Box 7 Folder 10 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Long-distance calls, 1984
Box 7 Folder 11 Shackelford papers, BRAC, Memorandum of Understanding Between Hyde Park Community Hospital and Allied Services Division of BRAC, 1984
Box 7 Folder 12 Shackelford papers, BRAC, “Leroy Shackelford, Jr. Retires,” “BRAC News,” 1985
Box 7 Folder 13 Shackelford papers, Correspondence from Lynda DeLoach, archivist, George Meany Memorial Archives, to Leroy Shackelford, Jr., March 5, 1991
Box 7 Folder 14 Shackelford papers, Notice of selection of Leroy Shackelford into Fuller Elementary School Black Heroes Club, 1993
Box 7 Folder 15 Shackelford papers, MCC Resolution on passing of Eugene Scott, ca. 1995
Box 7 Folder 16 Shackelford papers, Funeral program for Leroy J. Shackelford, Jr., August 14, 2000
Box 7 Folder 17 Shackelford papers, Correspondence from Leroy Shackelford, Jr. to Alderman Haithcock, [n.d.]
Box 7 Folder 18 Shackelford papers, BRAC letterheads, [n.d.]
Box 7 Folder 19 Shackelford papers, Amtrak contract with Hotel, Restaurant Employees Union, 1973
Box 7 Folder 20 Shackelford papers, Amtrak employment application, [n.d.]
Box 7 Folder 21 Shackelford papers, Amtrak rules of conduct, [n.d.]
Box 7 Folder 22 Shackelford papers, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), “The Blacks and the Unions,” 1971
Box 7 Folder 23 Shackelford papers, APRI, Fourth National Conference of APRI, 1973
Box 7 Folder 24 Shackelford papers, APRI contract with City of Chicago Office of Employment and Training, 1982
Box 7 Folder 25 Shackelford papers, APRI, “APRI News and Notes” (Seattle), 1980
Box 7 Folder 26 Shackelford papers, “Know Your Suggestion System,” Pullman Company, 1947
Box 7 Folder 27 Shackelford papers, Railroad Retirement Board, 1975-78
Box 7 Folder 28 Shackelford papers, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board report, 1984
Box 7 Folder 29 Shackelford papers, By-Laws of Railway Labor Executives Association, 1926, 1975
Box 7 Folder 30 Shackelford papers, Serials, AFL-CIO Federationist, 1980
Box 7 Folder 31 Shackelford papers, Serials, AFL-CIO News, 1980
Box 7 Folder 32 Shackelford papers, Serials, Illinois State AFL-CIO Newsletter, 1980
Box 7 Folder 33 Shackelford papers, Serials, “Credit Union Spotlight,” 1973
Box 7 Folder 34 Shackelford papers, Serials, Off The Beaten Track, (Dining Car Local 456), July 1980
Box 7 Folder 35 Shackelford papers, Serials, Santa Fe Magazine, 1979-1980
Box 7 Folder 36 Shackelford papers, Serials, TWU Express, September 1982
Box 7 Folder 37 Shackelford papers, Clippings, “Smiles and Struggle: Pullman Porters Story,” Washington Times, May 25, 1982
Box 7 Folder 38 Shackelford papers, Clippings, “What’s Going On,” (on Pullman Museum), N’digo, August 27, 1997
Box 7 Folder 39 Shackelford papers, Clippings, “Those Pullman Blues,” AFT Magazine, 1997-1998
Box 7 Folder 40 Shackelford papers, Clippings, “Buying Co-op Food,” (on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright), n.d.
Box 7 Folder 41 Shackelford papers, Subjects, J.P. Stevens Boycott, ca. 1980
Box 7 Folder 42 Shackelford papers, Subjects, “A Salute to Jim Wright,” 1984
Box 7 Folder 43 Shackelford papers, Subjects, Settlement notice, Burlington Northern RR, 1984
Box 7 Folder 44 Shackelford papers, Subjects, “Solidarity Day: Jobs and Justice” letterhead, ca. 1991
Box 7 Folder 45 Shackelford papers, Subjects, Sheet Music cover from “Pullman Porters Parade,” [n.d.]
Box 7 Folder 46 Shackelford papers, Memorabilia, RR tickets for union business travel, 1984
Box 7 Folder 47 Shackelford papers, Memorabilia, Videotaped image of Leroy Shackelford, Jr., 2007
Box 8 1 Leroy Shackelford’s collection of union and political buttons, ribbons and conference badges. Also included is a cash carrying pouch from “The Live Stock National Bank of Chicago.”
Series 9: MCC Photographs
Box 9 1 Portrait of Rev. Joseph M. Evans, ca. 1935. Photo by R.D. Jones, Chicago
Box 9 2 Portrait of Rev. Joseph M. Evans (glasses in hand), ca. 1945
Box 9 3 Portrait of Rev. Joseph M. Evans (glasses on), ca. 1945
Box 9 4 Eleanor Roosevelt visiting MCC, with child, March 29, 1943
Box 9 5 MCC exterior at dusk, ca. 1962 (in color)
Box 9 6 MCC and buildings on East 41st Street, 1950s
Box 9 7 Usher League Building exterior, 5533 S. Michigan Ave., ca. 1940
Box 9 8 MCC main sanctuary seen from balcony, [n.d.]
Box 9 9 Organ pipes in MCC sanctuary, [n.d.]
Box 9 10 Table, preparation for communion service at MCC, [n.d.]
Box 9 11 Table, preparation for communion service at MCC, [n.d.]
Box 9 12 Communion trays, [n.d.]
Box 9 13 View from MCC balcony of rostrum, baptismal fountain, communion table, [n.d.]
Box 9 14 Baptismal fountain, MCC, [n.d.]
Box 9 15 MCC altar decorated for Easter, April 1985. Photo by Mary Gardner
Box 9 16 Easter decorations on MCC altar, April 1985. Photo by Mary Gardner
Box 9 17 Altar at MCC at Easter, March 28, 2004. Photo by Lambert
Box 9 18 Alfred and Hazel Lambert at MCC, ca. 1995
Box 9 19 Eugene Bowser, Theodore Charles Stone, Beulah Hiller, Hazel Lambert at MCC, ca. 1994
Box 9 20 Hazel and Alfred Lambert anniversary ceremony: blessing by Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1990s
Box 9 21 Junior Chapel Choir, MCC, with Rev. William A. Bertha, Sr., “Chapel B,” 1960s
Box 9 22 Junior Church service, MCC, in “Chapel B,” with Rev. William A. Bertha, Sr., 1960s
Box 9 23 Young adult affair in Junior Church, MCC, with painting of Christ by Rev. Joseph Evans, 1950s
Box 9 24 MCC Junior Church members with Rev. George Giles, [n.d.]
Box 9 25 Young people in MCC Junior Church, “Chapel B,” 1960s
Box 9 26 Rev. George Giles with members of Junior Church in front of painting of Christ by Rev. Joseph Evans, 1960s
Box 9 27 Rev. George Giles and members of Junior Church in main sanctuary, 1960s
Box 9 28 Rev. George Giles and members of Junior Church in main sanctuary, 1960s
Box 9 29 Young Adults in Junior Church: Joyce Ellis, Evelyn Page Pelt, Faye Simpson Lewis, Mary Page Moore, Gwendolyn Ellis, Diane Ellis, Dolores Shackelford, Mary Gardner, Genevieve Leonard, Mattye Lee Simpson, with Abraham Lincoln Crane, 1960s
Box 9 30 Dramatic presentation at MCC Junior Church, 1960s
Box 9 31 Pat Griffith with MCC Junior Church choir, ca. 1950
Box 9 32 Pat Griffith with MCC Junior Church choir, ca. 1950
Box 9 33 Biennial Council of Community Church (Negro) meeting in merger with the Council of Community Churches, August 1956. Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans, seated
Box 9 34 Rev. Joseph Evans, speaking at his last “bush meeting” in Michigan, ca. 1950
Box 9 35 Rev. Joseph Evans shaking hands with counterpart, in merger of Councils of Community Churches, August 1956
Box 9 36 Social event at MCC, with Mrs. J.R. Richardson, Mrs. Bernice Lewis and others, [n.d.]
Box 9 37 Crowd in front of MCC on a Sunday after church, 1950s. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 9 38 Portrait of Joseph LaRue, Senior Choir director, [n.d.]
Box 9 39 Joseph LaRue, Senior Choir director, [n.d.]
Box 9 40 Myrtle Burns Martin, Faye Simpson Lewis, Clara Young, 1970s
Box 9 41 Juanita Wynn, Leroy Shackelford, Mary Moore, [n.d.]
Box 9 42 Naomi Hinton, member of MCC Board of Religious Directors, [n.d.]
Box 9 43 Massie Kennard, MCC Junior Church minister, as teenager in “concentration camp down South,” [n.d.]
Box 9 44 Woodwork on stairway at MCC Parish House, [n.d.]
Box 9 45 Portrait of Pope John Paul III, 1980s
Box 9 46 Photo taken at “spot where Christ was born,” Bethlehem, Jordan, 1950s. Photo by Maurice Michael
Box 9 47 Pool of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Jordan. Photo by Ali Za’arour
Box 9 48 Photos of MCC Youth Choirs, 1977
Box 9 49 Piano recital at MCC, 1950s
Box 9 50 Actors in dramatic presentation, Ladies Parlor at MCC, 1960s
Box 10 51 Portrait of Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1980s
Box 10 52 Mrs. Johnie Richardson (MCC first lady), on Caribbean cruise, 1960s
Box 10 53 Alice Jones, Johnie Richardson, Georgette Richardson of MCC Sunflower Club on cruise ship, [n.d.]
Box 10 54 Mrs. Johnie Richardson with captain of cruise ship Skyward, [n.d.]
Box 10 55 Mrs. Johnie Richardson on cruise ship Skyward, [n.d.]
Box 10 56 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson on Norwegian Cruise Lines, [n.d.]
Box 10 57 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson on with two friends on Norwegian Cruise Lines, [n.d.]
Box 10 58 Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1990s
Box 10 59 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, in pastor’s office,1980s
Box 10 60 Mrs. Johnie Richardson at MCC Young People’s Tea, [n.d.]
Box 10 61 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, 1982
Box 10 62 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, in pastor’s office,1980s
Box 10 63 Odas Nicholson, Johnie Richardson, Muriel LaRue, [n.d.]
Box 10 64 Aurora Edwards, Celia Dunlap, Johnie Richardson at MCC, 1982
Box 10 65 MCC Women’s Day Committee, 1983
Box 10 66 MCC Women’s Day Committee: Judge Odas Nicholson, Martha Hilliard, Bernice Evans, Rev. Esther Green, Johnie Richardson, Rosetta Shaw, Georgette Johnson, Dorothy Ward, Florence McCoy, Mrs. Ferguson, 1983
Box 10 67 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson at banquet, ca. 1980
Box 10 68 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson in MCC parsonage, 1960s
Box 10 69 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, first lady of MCC, 1956
Box 10 70 Myrna Davidson, Johnie Richardson, 1971
Box 10 71 Mrs. Johnie Richardson in front of apartment in Gary, IN before moving to MCC in Chicago, 1955
Box 10 72 Johnie Richardson and Alice Jones on cruise ship,
Box 10 73 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson with guest at Hawaii Kai restaurant in New York City, [n.d.]
Box 10 74 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson with guests at Hawaii Kai restaurant in New York City, [n.d.]
Box 10 75 Mrs. Johnie Richardson and friend at San Francisco cable car, [n.d.]
Box 10 76 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson at foundation dinner, Drake Hotel, Chicago, November 1992
Box 10 77 Rev. Leon Perry III, Johnie Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Foundation dinner, 1992
Box 10 78 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson at Foundation dinner, 1992
Box 10 79 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Cordell Reed at Foundation dinner, Drake Hotel, 1992
Box 10 80 Johnie Richardson, Esther Grier, 1977
Box 10 81 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson in MCC kitchen, 1972
Box 10 82 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, 1992
Box 10 83 Mrs. Johnie Richardson with African artifacts, 1972
Box 10 84 Mrs. Johnie Richardson with African artifacts, 1972
Box 10 85 Mrs. Johnie Richardson with African artifacts, 1972
Box 10 86 Birthday cake, 1972
Box 10 87 Odas Nicholson, Rev. Theodore Richardson at awards ceremony, 1968
Box 10 88 Johnie Richardson, Ruth Toler at dinner, [n.d.]
Box 10 89 Johnie Richardson, Lucille Johnson, 1971
Box 10 90 Mrs. Johnie Richardson in front of parsonage, 1968
Box 10 91 Johnie Richardson, Babe Braggs, Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1974
Box 10 92 Johnie Richardson, Babe Braggs, 1974
Box 10 93 Congressman Ralph Metcalfe, Odas Nicholson, 1970
Box 10 94 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Johnie Richardson at banquet at Pick-Congress Hotel, 1994
Box 10 95 Johnie Richardson, Christmas in the parsonage, 1958
Box 10 96 Christmas program, Johnie Richardson, Mrs. McClerkin, 1964
Box 10 97 Helen West (mother of Johnie Richardson) in Ladies’ Parlor of MCC, 1962
Box 10 98 Helen West with Johnie Richardson, 1964
Box 10 99 Johnie Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson at Mrs. Richardson’s parents’ home (the Wests), Christmas Day, 1964
Box 10 100 Myzella Ellis, Johnie Richardson at fashion show and dinner, 1974
Box 11 101 Johnie Richardson, with audiovisual equipment, September 1970
Box 11 102 Johnie Richardson in church kitchen, December 1967
Box 11 103 Johnie Richardson on cruise trip, January 1974
Box 11 104 Johnie Richardson at banquet, [n.d.]
Box 11 105 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Mrs. Thelma Chan at MCC Family Dinner, Pick-Congress Hotel, October 1971
Box 11 106 Johnie Richardson at MCC luncheon, [n.d.]
Box 11 107 Rev. and Mrs. Richardson at Samuel Steward’s 85th birthday party, November 1977
Box 11 108 Women at function in MCC, 1970s
Box 11 109 Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Rev. William Johnson (St. John-Baptist), Rev. Fred Gregory (Harvey Memorial Community Church), 1970s
Box 11 110 Dinner at MCC: Evelyn Pelt, Rev. Mickey Walker, Johnie Richardson, 1970s
Box 11 111 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Johnie Richardson on backyard swing at daughter’s house, 1970s
Box 11 112 Johnie Richardson on Caribbean trip, 1974
Box 11 113 Jeanette Gore, Alice Jones, Johnie Richardson on Caribbean trip, 1974
Box 11 114 Johnie Richardson, Eula Mae Jones, Mattie Lee Simpson in group of women, September 1970
Box 11 115 Johnie Richardson with unidentified couple, August 1965
Box 11 116 Johnie Richardson with unidentified couple, August 1965
Box 11 117 Johnie Richardson on park bench, May 1958
Box 11 118 Johnie Richardson at Century Plaza, California, January 1968
Box 11 119 Johnie Richardson with burro in Venezuela, [n.d.]
Box 11 120 Frank Richardson, brother of Theodore Richardson, California, 1955
Box 11 121 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Patricia Richardson, Christmas 1999
Box 11 122 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Theodore Richardson (son), Christmas 1999
Box 11 123 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Christmas 1999
Box 11 124 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Linda Richardson Slaughter (daughter) at Linda’s house, Christmas 1999
Box 11 125 MCC Christmas tea, Johnie Richardson, Evelyn Pelt, Louis Bray, May 1986
Box 11 126 [Number not utilized]
Box 11 127 Johnie Richardson in church kitchen, 1985
Box 11 128 Johnie Richardson in church gym, [n.d.]
Box 11 129 Johnie Richardson at son’s home for Christmas, 1990s
Box 11 130 [Number not utilized]
Box 11 131 Johnie Richardson at MCC, July 1982
Box 11 132 Johnie Richardson at MCC, 1982
Box 11 133 Ushers tea at MCC: Thelma Walton, E.A. McKenzie, Johnie Richardson, May 1982
Box 11 134 Babe Braggs, Johnie Richardson on trip, 1983
Box 11 135 Event at MCC: Rev. Esther Grier, Babe Braggs, Mary Gardner, E.A. McKenzie, ca. 1990
Box 11 136 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, on trip, 1970s
Box 11 137 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson at Americana Hotel, New York, 1980
Box 11 138 Group of four (including Johnie Richardson) in living room, 1964
Box 11 139 Johnie Richardson on cruise ship with other guests, [n.d.]
Box 11 140 Johnie Richardson, 1970s
Box 11 141 [Number not utilized]
Box 11 142 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, California, 1970s
Box 11 143 Johnie Richardson with friend, California, 1970s
Box 11 144 Birthday party for Johnie Richardson, with Latisha Scott, Martha Hilliard, 1960s
Box 11 145 [Number not utilized]
Box 11 146 Birthday party for Johnie Richardson, with James Matthews, Vivian Giles, 1960s
Box 11 147 Birthday party for Johnie Richardson, with Vivian Giles, Calvin Giles, 1960s
Box 11 148 Johnie Richardson and guests at her birthday party, 1960s
Box 11 149 Thelma Walton and Johnie Richardson in dining room of church, 1980s
Box 11 150 [Number not utilized]
Box 12 151 Johnie Richardson, Thelma Walton, 1970s
Box 12 152 Alva Garner, Johnie Richardson at Drury Lane Theatre, Christmas 1974
Box 12 153 Hazel Lambert, Johnie Richardson at Drury Lane Theatre, Christmas 1974
Box 12 154 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Evangelist Georgia Jones, 1960s
Box 12 155 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Evangelist Georgia Jones, 1960s
Box 12 156 Johnie Richardson, [n.d.]
Box 12 157 Latisha Scott, Mabel Stamps, Johnie Richardson, November 1978
Box 12 158 Johnie Richardson, Nina Kemp (Johnie Richardson’s aunt), 1964
Box 12 159 Johnie Richardson with flowers, 1963
Box 12 160 William Hilliard, [n.d.]
Box 12 161 Johnie Richardson, Linda Richardson, Joy (?), dinner at a hotel, 1970s
Box 12 162 [Number not utilized]
Box 12 163 Johnie Richardson at hotel in New York, 1970s
Box 12 164 Johnie Richardson in parsonage, 1970s
Box 12 165 Johnie Richardson and baby Tony Gregory, 1970s
Box 12 166 Johnie Richardson at dinner, December 1967
Box 12 167 Willa McClerkin, Johnie Richardson and unidentified woman, 1960s
Box 12 168 Johnie Richardson, 1960s
Box 12 169 Nina Kemp, Johnie Richardson, Bea Clark, Earlean Hill in group, March 1966
Box 12 170 Bea Clark, Earlean Hill, in group, March 1966
Box 12 171 Johnie Richardson, [n.d.]
Box 12 172 Bea Holmes, Johnie Richardson, Mrs. Ferguson at serving table, 1970s
Box 12 173 Dorothy Gregory, Johnie Richardson in group, May 1967
Box 12 174 Johnie Richardson in group of women at serving table, 1970s
Box 12 175 Women preparing food, 1970s
Box 12 176 Johnie Richardson in group of women, 1970s
Box 12 177 Johnie Richardson with two friends in restaurant, [n.d.]
Box 12 178 Johnie Richardson in group of women at MCC, 1970s
Box 12 179 Johnie Richardson with friend in church, Easter, April 18, 1976
Box 12 180 Congregation in MCC sanctuary, [n.d.]
Box 12 181 Congregation in MCC sanctuary, [n.d.]
Box 12 182 Congregation in MCC sanctuary, [n.d.]
Box 12 183 Johnie Richardson with friend, 1982
Box 12 184 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, with other congregants in MCC sanctuary, 1981
Box 12 185 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, with other congregants in MCC sanctuary, 1981
Box 12 186 Christmas program at MCC, [n.d.]
Box 12 187 [Number not utilized]
Box 12 188 Christmas decorations at MCC, 1979
Box 12 189 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, with two congregants at MCC, 1968
Box 12 190 Easter service at MCC, [n.d.]
Box 12 191 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, 1963
Box 12 192 Rev. Theodore Richardson in MCC sanctuary, 1964
Box 12 193 Rev. Theodore Richardson with guest, MCC, 1961
Box 12 194 Service at MCC, 1980s
Box 12 195 Service at MCC, 1980s
Box 12 196 Service at MCC, July 20, 1975. Photo by B. Strover
Box 12 197 Johnie Richardson at dinner event, ca. 1970
Box 12 198 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson at Women’s Day dinner, McCormack Inn, 1970s
Box 12 199 Johnie Richardson at MCC churchwide tea, July 19, 1987
Box 12 200 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, black tie event at Drake Hotel, November 22, 1992
Box 13 201 MCC “Chapel B,” [n.d.]
Box 13 202 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, 1980s
Box 13 203 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Dr. Alex Williams (best friend of Rev. Richardson from Gary, IN), 1970s
Box 13 204 MCC dinner, 1980s
Box 13 205 MCC dinner, 1980s
Box 13 206 MCC dinner, 1980s
Box 13 207 Johnie Richardson with a church member, 1970s
Box 13 208 Agnes Bowser (with big hat), Johnie Richardson, 1970s
Box 13 209 Mrs. Dismukes, [n.d.]
Box 13 210 Mrs. Johnie Richardson at MCC Christmas bazaar, 1970s
Box 13 211 Birthday celebration for Rev. Richardson, with Rev. Richardson, Johnie Richardson, Linda Richards, Calvin Pilot, Rev. Esther Grier, Rev. Mickey Walker, Deirdre Jackson, Judge Odas Nicholson, Martha Hilliard, 2000
Box 13 212 Moore Chapel, (named for Mother Esther Moore), MCC, [n.d.]
Box 13 213 Moore Chapel, [n.d.]
Box 13 214 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin, 1992
Box 13 215 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin, 1992
Box 13 216 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin at Chicago Yacht Club, 1992
Box 13 217 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin at Chicago Police Headquarters, January 31, 1992. Photo inscribed by Superintendent Martin.
Box 13 218 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 219 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 220 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 221 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 222 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 223 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 224 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 225 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 226 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 227 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 228 Cal-Met Village construction sign, Housing for the elderly, Bush Construction Co., General Contractor, 1988
Box 13 229 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 230 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 231 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 232 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 233 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 234 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 235 [Number not utilized]
Box 13 236 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 237 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 238 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 239 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 240 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Congressman Bobby Rush, Johnie Richardson, William Hilliard, Rev. Esther Grier, Rev. Theodore Richardson, ca. 1988
Box 13 241 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Virginia Matthews, Rev. Esther Grier, Louis Bray, Lee Christian, ca. 1988
Box 13 242 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Rev. Esther Grier, ca. 1988
Box 13 243 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Rev. Theodore Richardson, Cortez Simmons, ca. 1988
Box 13 244 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Rev. Theodore Richardson, ca. 1988
Box 13 245 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 246 Cal-Met Village (an MCC-owned property) under construction, 1988
Box 13 247 Groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village: Congressman Bobby Rush, Rev. Mickey Walker, Ms. Patsy Holland, ca. 1988
Box 13 248 Group photo at groundbreaking for Cal-Met Village, ca. 1988
Box 13 249 MCC church service in main sanctuary, Communion Sunday, [n.d.]
Box 13 250 Harvest Home Sunday service with fall decorations at MCC, late 1950s
Box 14 251 Group photo at Harvest Home Sunday service with fall decorations, with Sister Mary Robertson, Mrs. Willie Simpson, at MCC, late 1950s
Box 14 252 Harvest Home Sunday service with fall decorations at MCC, late 1950s
Box 14 253 Harvest Home Sunday service with fall decorations at MCC, late 1950s
Box 14 254 Leroy Shackelford portrait at Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 255 Leroy Shackelford at podium, BSCP 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 256 Leroy Shackelford at podium, BSCP 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 257 Sign on hotel, BSCP 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 258 City of Los Angeles citation to A. Philip Randolph, 1975
Box 14 259 Man reading City of Los Angeles citation to A. Philip Randolph, 1975
Box 14 260 BSCP 50th anniversary , 1975
Box 14 261 Leroy Shackelford at podium, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 262 BSCP leaders singing at podium, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 263 BSCP leaders at podium, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 264 BSCP leaders at podium, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 265 BSCP leaders at podium, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 266 Leroy Shackelford and other BSCP leaders at podium, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 267 Informal group portrait, BSCP leaders, 50th anniversary, 1975
Box 14 268 Unidentified man and woman, BSCP anniversary, 1975
Box 14 269 Leroy Shackelford with president, Community Federal Credit Union, 1975
Box 14 270 Rev. Theodore Richardson at wake of Rev. Joseph M. Evans, MCC, June 27, 1956. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 14 271 Wake of Rev. Joseph M. Evans, MCC, June 27, 1956. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 14 272 View of choir and altar with Rev. Richardson at funeral for Rev. Joseph M. Evans, 1956. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 14 273 Casket of Rev. Joseph Evans being carried from funeral home, 1956
Box 14 274 MCC parishioners with Rev. Richardson at MCC door to accept casket of Rev. Joseph M. Evans, 1956
Box 14 275 Mrs. Evans and members of MCC at event, 1940s
Box 14 276 Men’s Club meeting at MCC, 1950s
Box 14 277 MCC dinner at a home, with Rev. Joseph Evans officiating, 1940s. Photo by Osie Kelley, Chicago
Box 14 278 MCC dinner at a hotel, with Cordell Reed, Frank Bryant, Cleola Bryant, Charles Buckner, Norma Jackson, Kayler Jackson, Mary Christian, Lee Christian, Ora Reed, October 31, 1978
Box 14 279 MCC dinner at a hotel, October 31, 1978. Photo by Tony Rhoden
Box 14 280 Rev. Joseph Evans and Mrs. Grace Evans, cutting cake at 48th wedding anniversary, 1947
Box 14 281 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Mrs. Beatrice Holmes, 1960s
Box 14 282 Affair in MCC gym, with Alice Griffin, Rev. Theodore Richardson, attorney Odas Nicholson, 1960s
Box 14 283 Prayer breakfast at MCC, [n.d.]
Box 14 284 Women at MCC event, possibly Christmas, [n.d.]
Box 14 285 Affair at MCC gym, with Donnie Brooks, Nina Kemp, Rev. William A. Bertha, Rev. Latham, 1960s
Box 14 286 Rev. Esther Grier in MCC “Chapel B”, 1960s
Box 14 287 Portrait of Magnolia Lewis Butts, gospel soloist and secretary of MCC, 1950s
Box 14 288 Portrait of Eugene Scott, Minister of Music, MCC, 1950s. Photo by Maynard, Chicago
Box 14 289 Rev. Esther Grier, associate pastor, 1950s
Box 14 290 Swearing-in ceremony for Judge Odas Nicholson, with Rev. Theodore Richardson, December 1, 1976
Box 14 291 Wedding (unidentified couple) with Rev. Joseph Evans, 1940s
Box 14 292 Youthful Rev. Theodore Richardson as manager at National Tea Supermarket, 1940s
Box 14 293 Unidentified woman, [n.d.]
Box 14 294 Unidentified man, [n.d.]
Box 14 295 Portrait of Rev. Massie Kennard, 1940s
Box 14 296 Portrait of Rev. William Cook, first pastor of MCC, 1920s
Box 14 297 Rev. Louis Boddie, pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church, talking with women at MCC event, 1950s
Box 14 298 Mrs. Marguerite Bertha (wife of the Junior Church minister), with two young people, 1960
Box 14 299 Replica of Metropolitan Community Church, celebrating its 40th anniversary, 1960. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 14 300 United States Postal Service celebration for commemorative stamp honoring A. Philip Randolph, with Leroy Shackelford, February 3, 1989
Box 15 301 Rev. Theodore Richardson and Mrs. Richardson at banquet, [n.d.]
Box 15 302 Joseph Evans, Jr. with other guests at banquet, [n.d.]
Box 15 303 Unidentified woman speaking at podium, [n.d.]
Box 15 304 James Matthews speaking at banquet, [n.d.]
Box 15 305 Joseph Evans, Jr. with other guests at banquet, [n.d.]
Box 15 306 Rev. (?) speaking at podium, [n.d.]
Box 15 307 Rev. (?) Johnson speaking at podium, [n.d.]
Box 15 308 Senator Everett M. Dirksen speaking in MCC main sanctuary, 1960s
Box 15 309 Senator Jacob Javits speaking in MCC main sanctuary, 1960s
Box 15 310 Rev. Joseph Evans receiving honorary degree from Christian College, New York City, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service, Chicago
Box 15 311 Rev. Joseph Evans receiving honorary degree from Christian College, New York City, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service, Chicago
Box 15 312 Rev. Theodore Richardson at funeral of Rev. Joseph Evans, January 27, 1956. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 15 313 MCC Minister of Music Eugene Scott receiving the J. Wesley Jones award, 1960s
Box 15 314 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans receiving a floral gift, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service, Chicago
Box 15 315 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans receiving a floral gift, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service, Chicago
Box 15 316 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans at christening, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service
Box 15 317 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans with Professor J. Wesley Jones, 1940s. Photo by Society Photo Service
Box 15 318 Rev. Joseph Evans, Magnolia Lewis Butts, J. Wesley Jones at MCC, 1940s
Box 15 319 Rev. Joseph Evans receiving declaration from Illinois congressional representatives, 1940s
Box 15 320 Ralph Metcalfe and Ernest Griffin at MCC, October 25, 1960
Box 15 321 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Rev. William P. Latham and Milton Webster, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, ca. 1958
Box 15 322 Professor J. Wesley Jones, Magnolia Lewis Butts, Rev. Joseph Evans in Rev. Evans’ office, late 1930s
Box 15 323 Rev. Joseph Evans in his study with large group of men, late 1940s. Photo by Kaufmann and Fabry, Chicago
Box 15 324 Rev. Joseph Evans in his study with two unidentified men, 1940s
Box 15 325 Mortgage burning ceremony in MCC main sanctuary, Rev. Joseph Evans presiding, 1942. Photo by Marks Photos, Chicago
Box 15 326 Rev. George Giles with two unidentified woman at piano, 1950s
Box 15 327 Unidentified woman at piano, 1950s
Box 15 328 MCC Men’s Chorus, King N. Hall, director, 1960s
Box 15 329 Group photo of MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1960s
Box 15 330 Eugene Scott, minister of music, with group of women, 1960s
Box 15 331 [Not yet identified]
Box 15 332 MCC Board of Religious Directors with Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1960s
Box 15 333 MCC Men’s Club, L.L. Webb, director, 1960s
Box 15 334 Eugene H. Scott, director of MCC Senior Choir, ca. 1960
Box 15 335 Rev. Theodore Richardson with group of unidentified women, 1960s
Box 15 336 MCC Emergency Club, Mary E. Smith, president, ca. 1965
Box 15 337 MCC Board of Trustees, including Odas Nicholson, 1960s [Photo fragment]
Box 15 338 MCC Board of Trustees, including Odas Nicholson, 1960s [Photo fragment]
Box 15 339 MCC Usher Board, including Mrs. Johnie Richardson, 1960s
Box 15 340 Rev. Theodore Richardson with large group, 1960s
Box 15 341 Missionary Society of MCC in main sanctuary, 1960. Photo by Ted Bell, Chicago [Photo fragment]
Box 15 342 MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1960s
Box 15 343 MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1960s
Box 15 344 Unidentified group at MCC, 1940s
Box 15 345 Rev. and Mrs. William Latham, 1940s
Box 15 346 Rev. Joseph Evans with MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1940s
Box 15 347 Unidentified group at MCC, 1940s
Box 15 348 MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 15 349 St. Timothy’s Community Church of Gary, IN meeting with MCC, 1950s
Box 15 350 Order of the Eastern Star members (?), 1970s
Box 16 351 Mrs. Grace Evans , Eloise (?), Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Professor J. Wesley Jones at MCC, October 25, 1960
Box 16 352 Members of Gospel Choir, MCC, including Faye Simpson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Rev. William P. Latham, 1960s
Box 16 353 [Number not utilized]
Box 16 354 Members of St. Timothy Community Church of Gary, IN, meeting with Religious Directors of MCC, 1950s
Box 16 355 Group photo of Senior Choir of MCC, with Professor J. Wesley Jones and Rev. Joseph Evans, 1950s
Box 16 356 Altar Circle Ladies, MCC, 1960s
Box 16 357 Young Ladies of MCC, including Dawn Griffin, Linda Richardson Slaughter, Carol Bucknor, Patricia Richardson-Johnson, with Rev. William Latham, 1960s
Box 16 358 Members of the family of Rev. Joseph M. Evans, including Teri Lawrence and Joseph M. Evans, Jr., 1956. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago.
Box 16 359 Rev. Theodore Richardson with a wedding party, 1940s. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 16 360 [Number not utilized]
Box 16 361 Members of the MCC Board of Religious Directors and Trustee Board, late 1950s
Box 16 362 Members of the MCC Trustee Board, including Rev. Theodore Richardson, Leroy Shackelford and Odas Nicholson, 1960s
Box 16 363 Women’s Day affair at Drury Lane Theatre, with Rev. and Mrs. Richardson, October 31, 1978. Photo by Rhoden’s Photo Service, Chicago
Box 16 364 Women’s Day affair at Drury Lane Theatre, with Rev. and Mrs. Richardson, October 31, 1978. Photo by Rhoden’s Photo Service, Chicago
Box 16 365 Mrs. Johnie Richardson chairing MCC committee meeting, October 9, 1978. Photo by Rhoden’s Photo Service, Chicago
Box 16 366 MCC Women’s Day Committee meeting, 1960s
Box 16 367 MCC Men’s Day Committee meeting with Rev. Joseph Evans, 1940s
Box 16 368 MCC Auxiliary Pastors with Rev. Joseph Evans, 1940s
Box 16 369 Rev. Theodore Richardson accepting check from committee chairmen, 1960s
Box 16 370 [Not yet identified] Photo by John Mallard
Box 16 371 [Not yet identified]
Box 16 372 Rev. Joseph M. Evans, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Dr. Hale (St. Paul Church) at Conference of Community Churches, 1940s
Box 16 373 Group with Rev. Joseph Evans as he departed MCC for trip to the Holy Land, 1940s
Box 16 374 Rev. Joseph Evans with MCC Men’s Club members, 1940s
Box 16 375 Rev. Theodore Richardson with unidentified group, ca. 1960
Box 16 376 Rev. Theodore Richardson receiving award from Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, with Joseph M. Evans, Jr., Leroy Shackelford, Mrs. Mozella Speller, 1970s
Box 16 377 Unidentified group in “Chapel B” at MCC, 1970s
Box 16 378 Unidentified group (same as in #377) at MCC, 1970s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 16 379 Members of MCC congregation during church services, 1950s
Box 16 380 [Not yet identified]
Box 16 381 Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Judge Odas Nicholson, Alderman Ralph Metcalfe at MCC 40th anniversary banquet, October 25, 1960
Box 16 382 Guests attending the MCC 40th anniversary banquet, October 25, 1960
Box 16 383 Rev. Joseph M. Evans with Religious Directors of MCC, 1930s
Box 16 384 Guests, including Joseph Evans, Jr. and Mrs. Wells, at banquet with Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Oct. 25, 1960
Box 16 385 Children and parents at St. Timothy’s Community Church, Gary, IN, June 12, 1955. Photo by Dee Williams, Gary, IN.
Box 16 386 Christening at MCC, 1960s. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 16 387 Christening at MCC, with Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1960s. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 16 388 Children in MCC Junior Church, with Rev. George Giles, pastor of Junior Church, 1960s
Box 16 389 Rev. Joseph M. Evans at a MCC memorial service, December 20, 1952
Box 16 390 Choir recital at MCC, with Theodore Charles Stone singing and Rev. William Latham, Rev. Theodore Richardson and Rev. Preston Bradley on altar, May 1968
Box 16 391 Balcony view of MCC choir, with Professor. J. Wesley Jones directing, late 1950s
Box 16 392 Gospel Choir in “Chapel B,” MCC, with Rev. Theodore Richardson, ca. 1960.
Box 16 393 MCC Gospel Choir performing at dedication of new YMCA, with Professor J. Wesley Jones directing, 1950s
Box 16 394 Rev. Theodore Richardson with members of the MCC Board of Religious Directors, 1960s. Photo by Ted Bell, Chicago
Box 16 395 MCC Senior Choir, under direction of Eugene Scott, minister of music, 1960s
Box 16 396 MCC Senior Choir, under direction of Eugene Scott, minister of music, with view of Skinner organ, 1960s
Box 16 397 MCC service in main sanctuary, with Rev. Dr. Preston Bradley speaking, 1960s
Box 16 398 Rev. Joseph Evans delivering offering prayer at MCC Sunday service, 1950s
Box 16 399 Rev. Joseph Evans officiating at service, MCC main sanctuary, 1950s
Box 16 400 View from above, MCC Senior Choir during services, 1960s
Box 17 401 MCC Senior Choir, with Professor J. Wesley Jones conducting, at main sanctuary, and with Skinner organ in background, 1950s
Box 17 402 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Assistant Pastor William Latham and MCC Senior Choir on 40th anniversary of founding of Metropolitan Community Church, 1960
Box 17 403 MCC Senior Choir, with Minister of Music Eugene Scott directing, and with Rev. Theodore Richardson, visiting pastors, in front of choir, 1960s
Box 17 404 W.D. Cook Gospel Choir, H.J. Carruthers, choir director, and Rev. Joseph M. Evans in front row, ca. 1950
Box 17 405 Rev. Theodore Richardson in front of Skinner organ, 1970s. Photo by John H. White
Box 17 406 Rev. Theodore Richardson, Mrs. Grance Wells (Trustee Board chair), Rev. Esther Grier, 1970s. Photo by John H. White
Box 17 407 MCC Senior Choir with pastors Rev. Theodore Richardson, Rev. William Latham, Rev. Preston Bradley, Rev. Giles, 1960s
Box 17 408 MCC Sunday service, view of congregation with Rev. Giles, 1960s
Box 17 409 MCC Sunday service with Rev. Theodore Richardson, Rev. William Latham and visiting ministers, 1960s
Box 17 410 Christmas decorations in MCC sanctuary, 1940s
Box 17 411 Senior Choir of MCC, with Eugene Scott, minister of music, and Mr. Kinnard, organist, 1960s [Photo fragment]
Box 17 412 [Not yet identified] [Photo fragment]
Box 17 413 Dr. Roscoe Giles (Provident Hospital) with guests in MCC gym, 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 414 Dinner in MCC gym: Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Lawrence Evans, Walolla Evans, Mildred Evans, Joseph Evans, Jr. 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 415 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Lillian Bray, Louis Bray, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 416 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Paul West, Ruth Toler, Rev. William Latham, Ms. Donnie Brooks, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 417 Pioneers Club anniversary meeting in MCC gym, 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 418 Pioneers Club anniversary meeting in MCC gym, 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 419 Pioneers Club anniversary meeting in MCC gym, including Patricia Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Walolla Evans, 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 420 Pioneers Club anniversary meeting in MCC gym, 1960s. Photo by Clifford Burress, Chicago
Box 17 421 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Donnie Brooks, Odas Nicholson, Eugene Scott, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 422 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, 1960s
Box 17 423 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Dr. Roscoe Giles, Alice Griffin, Ernest Griffin, Nina Kemp, Dempsey Travis, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 424 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Rev. William Latham, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 425 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Nina Kemp, Mr. Kemp, James Matthews, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 426 Guests at dinner in MCC gym, including Dr. Roscoe Giles, Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Rev. Theodore Richardson, 1960s. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 427 Event at MCC gym, with Rev. Theodore Richardson and group of women, 1960s
Box 17 428 Youth musical event at MCC gym, including young men with instruments, ca. 1950
Box 17 429 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Evans in MCC gym on 50th wedding anniversary, with Professor J. Wesley Jones, 1949
Box 17 430 Young Adult Forum event at MCC, with Genevieve Leonard Massey, Evelyn Paige Pelt, Joyce Ellis, 1960s. Photo by Gadabout Photographers, Chicago
Box 17 431 Social event in MCC gym, 1960s
Box 17 432 Christmas social event in MCC gym, 1950s
Box 17 433 Social event in MCC gym, 1960s
Box 17 434 Christmas social event in MCC gym, 1950s
Box 17 435 Valentine’s Day dinner in MCC gym, including Mrs. Johnie Richardson, Joseph Evans, Jr., Jewell Smith, Linda Richardson (Slaughter), Eugene Scott, 1968. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago [Photo fragment]
Box 17 436 Valentine’s Day dinner in MCC gym, including Mildred Evans, Jewell Smith, Linda Richardson (Slaughter), Eugene Scott, Rev. Theodore Richardson, Martha Hilliard, 1968. Photo by Gilbert Brown, Chicago
Box 17 437 Social event in MCC gym, 1950s
Box 17 438 Group photo of members of MCC Junior Church, 1950s
Box 17 439 Head table at event in MCC gym, with Nina Kemp, Rev. William A. Bertha, Sr., Althelena Bertha, 1950s
Box 17 440 [Not yet identified] Photo by Bozeman [Photo fragment]
Box 17 441 MCC basketball team, including Thomas Harris, Andrew Brown, David Harris, 1949-1950
Box 17 442 MCC basketball team, 1949-1950, inscribed “YMCA champs”
Box 17 443 MCC Christian Endeavor group photo, 1950s
Box 17 444 Group photo of Conference of Community Churches, held in Detroit, MI, 1940s
Box 17 445 Group photo of International Council of Community Churches, held in Oberlin, OH, June 19-23, 1956
Box 17 446 Group photo in MCC gym with people holding certificates, including Genevieve Massen, 1940s
Box 17 447 Group photo taken at Christian Endeavor Illinois State Convention, Danville, IL, 1951
Box 17 448 Church presentation with Rev. Joseph Evans, Mrs. W. Carey, Mrs. W. Simpson, Mrs. Grundy, Mrs. Donnie Brooks, Rev. Joseph M. Evans, 1950s. Photo by Cleodia Lyles, Chicago
Box 17 449 MCC church affair with Rev. Joseph Evans, Mrs. Aronce Evans, Rev. William Latham, Ms. Grace Wells, Ms. Lillian Hardy, Rev. Theodore Richardson, ca. 1950
Box 17 450 MCC group photo (group not identified), with Johnie Richardson, Mosella (?), Willa McClerkin, Jewell Smith, Rosetta Jefferson, Bea Clark, Clare Emery, Rosella Smith, Janice Price, Raphael Emery, 1960s
Box 18 451 MCC group photo (group not identified), in main sanctuary, ca. 1950
Box 18 452 MCC Christian Endeavor Choir, Elsie V. Greiggs, director, April 13, 1930
Box 18 453 MCC Usher Board group photo in main sanctuary, Miles S. Young, president, May 9, 1937
Box 18 454 Sunflower Club of MCC group photo in main sanctuary, with Rev. Joseph Evans, ca. 1940
Box 18 455 [Not yet identified]
Box 18 456 Group photo at MCC (group not identified), ca. 1938
Box 18 457 MCC Deaconess Board group photo, February 6, 1938. Photo by Harrison, Chicago
Box 18 458 Group photo of W. D. Cook Gospel Choir at MCC, April 5, 1970
Box 18 459 Young people’s group at MCC, ca. 1940
Box 18 460 Rev. and Mrs. Joseph M. Evans in formal clothes, ca. 1949
Box 18 461 Group photo of MCC Usher Board, William Johnson, president, with Rev. Joseph Evans, 1944. Photo by Patton’s Studio, Chicago
Box 18 462 Group photo of Some Faithful Workers, MCC, in front of the church with Rev. Latham, ca. 1950
Box 18 463 Group photo of MCC Willing Workers and Strangers Club, in front of the church, ca. 1940. Photo by R.D. Jones, Chicago
Box 18 464 Group photo (group not identified), ca. 1940. Photo by R.D. Jones, Chicago
Box 18 465 MCC youth baseball team, with Rev. Evans, May 30, 1950
Box 18 466 MCC Choir group, with Pauline, Hannah, Myrtle, Mattie Ernestine, Velma, Mary, Eula, Evelyn, Lela and conductor (?) Scottie, 1930s. Photo by Maynard, Chicago
Box 18 467 [Not yet identified] Signed “Forever, D.D.”
Box 18 468 Rev. and Mrs. Theodore Richardson with couple and robes, October 31, 1978. Photo by Rhoden’s Photo Service, Chicago
Box 18 469 Rev. Theodore Richardson examining a robe, October 31, 1978. Photo by Rhoden’s Photo Service, Chicago
Box 18 470 Group at MCC banquet, 1940s
Box 19 471 Rev. Theodore Richardson holding gown, October 31, 1978
Box 19 472 MCC Choir Musical Festival for 25th anniversary, with J. Wesley Jones, minister of music, and Rev. Joseph M. Evans, minister and director, October 28, 1945
Box 19 473 MCC Choir Musical Festival for 25th anniversary, with Mary Frances Crowley, Harriette Hammond, Nelmatilda l. Ritchie, J. Wesley Jones, Lowell V. Derrick, Rev. Joseph Evans, October 28, 1945
Box 19 474 Choir Choral Festival Contest at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, with MCC Choir: Lowell Derrick, pianist, Walter Gossette, organist, J. Wesley Jones, conductor, and William D. Cook, minister, May 18, 1925. Sign reads: “Alpha Phi Alpha welcomes W.E.B. DuBois as speaker.” Photo by Woodard Studios, Chicago
Box 19 475 Rev. Joseph Evans with MCC Choir, ca. 1940 [Photo fragment]
Box 19 476 A christening, [n.d.]. Photo by Glenda Love High
Box 19 477 Fifth Sunday Musical, [n.d.] Photo by Glenda Love High
Box 19 478 W.D. Cook Gospel Choir, under direction of Mabel Davis, in MCC Junior Chapel, [n.d.]. Photo by Glenda Love High
Box 19 479 Wedding of Glenda Love and Lidell A. High, Jr. at MCC, July 2, 1966
Box 19 480 Rev. Joseph Evans in front of MCC, leaving on trip to the Holy Land, with Rev. William Bertha and group, ca. 1952
Box 19 481 Rev. Theodore Richardson with large group of MCC members, 1950s
Box 19 482 Wedding of Glenda Love and Lidell A. High, Jr. at MCC, July 2, 1966
Box 19 483 Wedding of Glenda Love and Lidell A. High, Jr. at MCC, July 2, 1966
Box 19 484 Wedding of Glenda Love and Lidell A. High, Jr. at MCC, with Rev. Theodore Richardson, July 2, 1966
Box 19 485 Metropolitan Church Choir in Music Festival at Orchestra Hall, with Professor J. Wesley Jones, conductor, March 5, 1933. Photo by Kaufmann and Fabry
Series 10: Audiovisual Materials
Box 20 1 MCC Choir musical program, May 31, 1987. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 2 W.D. Cook Choir anniversary at MCC, June 28, 1987. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 3 W.D. Cook Choir third annual family musical at MCC, December 27, 1987. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 4 W.D. Cook Choir fourth annual family musical at MCC, December 11, 1988. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 5 W.D. Cook Choir annual family musical at MCC, June 25, 1989. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 6 W.D. Cook Choir anniversary at MCC, June 24, 1990. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 7 W.D. Cook Choir “in concert” at MCC, June 9, 1991. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 8 W.D. Cook Choir Christmas musical at MCC, December 19, 1993. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 9 Rev. Theodore Richardson’s retirement celebration at MCC, January 14, 1996. DVD-R. Videography by Lawrence Bertha
Box 20 10 “Worldwide Communion Sunday” service at MCC, with Progressive Community Church, Rev. Theodore Richardson officiating, October 1, 1995. Audiocassette
Box 20 11 Metropolitan Outreach Ministries, church service and choir tape, November 20, 1990. Audiocassette
Box 20 12 “Focus on the Family” presents Patsy Claremont on “God Uses Cracked Pots,” at Women’s Missionary Retreat, 1988. Audiocassette
Series 11: Memorabilia
Box 21 1 Framed document: People’s Community Church of Christ and Metropolitan Community Church, Organized September 28, 1920, with list of founder members, [n.d.]
Box 21 2 Certificates (2) issued to Leroy Shackelford, Jr., 1966 and 1990
Box 21 3 Book, “Leaves of Gold,” edited by Clyde Francis Lytle, Coslett Publishing, 1948
Box 21 4 Commemorative ribbons (2), donated by Mary Gardner, 1995
Box 21 5 Parking placard, MCC, [n.d.]
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