Collections on Rev. Clay Evans

Dates: 1950-2016
Size: 4.5 linear feet, 147 photographs, 44 audio recordings, 7 artifacts
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: c00037
Provenance: Shortly after Rev. Clay Evans announced the gift of his archives to Chicago Public Library, church members were encouraged to contribute to the Rev. Clay Evans Archive Collection at a special event February 7, 2015 at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. This collections includes the cumulative gifts made by: Rose R. Bibbs; Bill Brown; Dorothy Brown; Loteal Brown; Rev. Charlie Dates; Yolanda, Darryl and Maple Davis; Veronica Dillard; Cutee Dixon; James Dixon; Brenda McCray Flemming; Ann Harris; Clarice Harris; Claretta Higginbutton; Lloyd Hopson; Walterene Johnson; Adron Knighton; Loretta Lee; C. Betty Magness; LaTanya McCracken; Rev. Harolynn McIntosh; Athia Osborne; Diane Osborne; Lottie Pinkney; Bettie Pulliam; Lou Della Evans-Reid; Margaret Shearill; Helen Warren; Royal “Mickey” Warren; Celestine West; Artice M. Williams; Elizabeth Williams; Romia Woods and Latrece York.
Access: The bulk of the collection is open without restriction. Some art and artifacts require 24-hour advance paging. Please contact Special Collections at specoll@chipublib.org or 312-747-4875.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Collections on Reverend Clay Evans, [Box# and Folder# or Photograph # or Accession#], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Michelle McCoy, 2017; revised 2021

Abstract

The Collections on Rev. Clay Evans brings together materials related to Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church during the 50-year span of his leadership from 1950-2000. These materials reflect member involvement in choirs, clubs, committees and community service opportunities fostered by Rev. Evans and their participation in annual banquets, revivals and travel. The collection includes church documents, photographs, artifacts and musical recordings.

Biographical Note

Born June 23, 1925 to Henry Clay and Estanauly Evans of Brownsville, Tennessee, Rev. Clay Evans was one of nine siblings. He left the Jim Crow South in 1945 to seek a better life in Chicago. In 1946, Rev. Evans married “the prettiest girl in the choir,” Lutha Mae Hollingshed. They had five children: Diane, Michael, Ralph, Claudette and Faith Renee; they also raised a nephew, Stevie Stewart.

Rev. Clay Evans was called to the Ministry in 1946. He received his Christian training from the Chicago Baptist Institute and the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. With only five members, Rev. Evans began his church on September 10, 1950. Under his dynamic leadership, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church grew rapidly, becoming one of the most significant churches in Chicago. From Fellowship, Rev. Evans launched the ministerial careers of more than 90 people, including Mother Consuella York in 1954 and Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1968.

In 1954, Fellowship purchased a building at 46th and State Streets, which Rev. Evans recalled, “was a garage, but we turned it into a cathedral.” By 1959, Fellowship had outgrown the space, and Rev. Evans led a 1500-car motorcade as the congregation moved to a former Lutheran Church at 45th Street and Princeton Avenue. In 1963, with an ever-growing membership, Fellowship broke ground on a new building next door. Construction of the new church abruptly came to a halt in 1966. Rev. Clay Evans was one of the few pastors in the City to welcome Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement at a time when most business, religious and political leaders disapproved of his Northern campaign. Rev. Evans paid a price for following his conscience: the loans and permits for his new church were cancelled. For 7 years, the steel framework would bear witness to his defiance of the power brokers. With Rev. Jesse Jackson’s help, an interdenominational group of black and white pastors stood by Rev. Evans and a new building loan was approved December 18, 1971.

The circular structure of the new church was designed by Rev. Evans to include ample performance space for Fellowship’s choir and recording studio. Rev. Clay Evans’ Gospel music voice is recognized throughout the world. In 1952, just two years after founding Fellowship, he launched his radio ministry reaching beyond the walls of the church. In 1977, he moved to television with the acclaimed What a Fellowship Hour. With a choir led by his dynamic sister, Lou Della Evans-Reid, Fellowship has recorded over 40 albums, including the 1996 Stellar Award-winning I’ve Got a Testimony.

Rev. Evans’ organizational leadership transcended Fellowship. He opened the doors of his church, “the Ship,” to welcome Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to launch Operation Breadbasket and Operation PUSH with Rev. Jesse Jackson. His founding of the Broadcast Ministers Alliance and development of Concerned Clergy for a Better Chicago established new channels for African American empowerment in Chicago. He also founded the African American Religious Connection (AARC) and has helped lead the National Baptist Convention, DuSable Museum and Black National Religious Broadcasters, among others. A strong advocate for education, Rev. Evans established the Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F) which has supported the college dreams of high school students in Illinois and Tennessee for over forty years.

After 50 years of leadership, Rev. Evans retired in 2000 and passed the mantle to Rev. Charles Jenkins, his personally chosen successor. Nevertheless, an active schedule of ministry and community events continued after this date.

Scope and Content

In 50 years, church membership rose from those original five to thousands. Many followers put their faith into action, and Rev. Clay Evans fostered clubs, committees and community service opportunities within Fellowship. Members planned anniversaries, sponsored teas, hosted conferences and organized concerts, to name but a few activities and fund-raisers. In 1994, a new Education Building was constructed on the site of the old church. The structural design included ample meeting spaces for expanded programs, seminars and events.

Rev. Clay Evans created over ten additional Ministries within Fellowship to address particular outreach needs or groups. These include AIDS & Substance Abuse Ministry, Bus Ministry, Christian Education Ministry, Food & Clothing Ministry, Senior Citizens Ministry, Youth Ministry and others. By 2002, the Fellowship Manor Senior Center completed his dream to add senior citizen housing to the list of church services.

Like a large family, Fellowship offered members opportunities to attend annual banquets, revivals and travel. In 1979, Rev. Evans led his first tour of holy sites in Israel where members had a chance to reconfirm their Baptist faith through baptism in the Jordan River.

On February 7, 2015 longtime members of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church came together to contribute materials related to the church or to Reverend Clay Evans to supplement the Reverend Clay Evans Archive at the Chicago Public Library. These materials reflect their involvement in various clubs, events and service to the church from its earliest years.

Arrangement/Series Description

The materials are arranged in four series that reflect their material formats. Series 1: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church; Series 2: Photographs; Series 3: Audiovisual and Series 4: Art and Artifacts.

Series 1: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 1950-2016, undated

Series 1 contains paper-based documents such as anniversary, event and family programs at Fellowship. The materials reflect members’ participation in church activities. A number of materials contain the note “briefcase” to indicate that they arrived together in this manner prior to being interfiled with other contributions. The briefcase items belonged to Betty C. Mullins.

Oversize items are housed in the Reverend Clay Evans Archive Collection Oversize Box 16.

The materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or title.

Series 2: Photographs, 1955-circa 2010

The Photographs series documents church services, choir performances, church events, trips to the Holy Land and the relationship Reverend Clay Evans had with many of his parishioners. The growth of the church carries great significance to its membership and the Fellowship Church Building subseries of Photographs chronicles the demolition of the old church at 45th Street and Princeton Avenue to build the Fellowship Education Center that opened in 1994. Reference copies have been made of the photographs donated in a digital format.

The photographs are organized by person or subject within each of the following three subseries: Subseries A: Biographical; Subseries B: Fellowship Missionary Baptists Church and Subseries C: Partnerships and Community Activity.

Series 3: Audio, 1975-2003, undated

The audiovisual materials are a mixture of cassettes, CDs, DVDs, LPs and 45 RPMs of services and choir performances at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church or Rev. Evan’s and the Choir’s professional recordings.

These materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 4: Artifacts, 1978, 1995, 2000, undated

The artifactual materials include plates and buttons created as commemorative events in the growth of Fellowship as well as a brick from the old church at 45th Street and Princeton Avenue taken after it was demolished to make way for Fellowship’s new Education Center.

Controlled Access Headings

  • African American Religious Connection.
  • A.A.R.C. Mass Choir.
  • Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F)
  • Evans, Clay, Rev., 1925-2019
  • Evans-Reid, Lou Della
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Chicago, Ill.). Choir.
  • Operation PUSH (U.S.)
  • Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
  • What a Fellowship Hour (Television Program)
  • African American Baptists -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Sources
  • African American gospel singers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Sources
  • Gospel music -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Television broadcasting -- Religious Aspects – Baptists

Related Materials

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Container List

Series 1: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 1950-2016, undated

Box 1 Folder 1 Archives project, 2015 February 7
Box 1 Folder 2 4th anniversary, 1954
Box 1 Folder 3 6th anniversary, 1956
Box 1 Folder 4 7th anniversary, 1957
Box 1 Folder 5 20th anniversary, 1970
Box 1 Folder 6 24th anniversary, (briefcase), 1974
Box 1 Folder 7 32nd anniversary, (briefcase), 1982
Box 1 Folder 8 33rd anniversary, (briefcase), 1983
Box 1 Folder 9 36th anniversary, 1986
Box 1 Folder 10 39th anniversary, 1989
Box 1 Folder 11 42nd anniversary, 1992
Box 1 Folder 12 43rd anniversary, 1993
Box 1 Folder 13 46th anniversary, 1996
Box 1 Folder 14 47th anniversary, 1997
Box 1 Folder 15 48th anniversary, 1998
Box 1 Folder 16 50th anniversary, 2000 (3 copies)
Box 1 Folder 17 50th anniversary, Founders’ Day Bulletin, 2000 (2 copies)
Box 1 Folder 18 50th anniversary services, 2000
Box 2 Folder 1 Administrative materials, (briefcase), 1999, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 African American Religious Connection (AARC), evangelistic service flyer, 2001 March 7
Box 2 Folder 3 African American Religious Connection (AARC), vinyl envelop, undated
Box 2 Folder 4 Bible study pamphlets, (11 titles, briefcase), circa 1960s
Box 2 Folder 5 Black History month with Brenda Jackson, (briefcase), 1997
Box 2 Folder 6 Building for the Future campaign, (briefcase), 1986-1987
Box 2 Folder 7 Business Directory, (briefcase), 1969 Spring
Box 2 Folder 8 Catch the Vision flyer, circa 2000s
Box 2 Folder 12 Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F), 40th anniversary, 2014 May 3
Box 2 Folder 11 Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F), The Best of Traditional Gospel, program, 2014
Box 2 Folder 13 Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F), fundraiser, 2014
Box 2 Folder 9 Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F), program, 2008 August 3
Box 2 Folder 10 Clay Evans Scholarship Fund (CE$F), program, 2009 August 2
Box 2 Folder 14 Church Record, minute book, (briefcase), 1950
Box 2 Folder 15 Clubs - 24th Annual All Clubs, anniversary program, 1993
Box 2 Folder 16 Clubs - 28th Annual All Clubs, anniversary program, 1997 November 27
Box 2 Folder 17 Clubs - Adult Division, President’s Handbook, 1995
Box 2 Folder 18 Clubs - Good Samaritan Club program, 1994 November 6
Box 2 Folder 19 Clubs - Good Samaritan Club presents Mrs. Lucille Conway Loman, 1997 November 30
Box 2 Folder 20 Clubs - Laymen’s Day, (briefcase), 1999
Box 2 Folder 21 Clubs - leadership rosters, (briefcase), undated
Box 2 Folder 22 Clubs - Willing Worker Club, (briefcase), 1976
Box 2 Folder 23 Clubs - Young Adults Division, (briefcase), 1974
Box 2 Folder 24 Cookbook - Our Ship To Your House, Young Adult Nurses and Laymen Group, 1979
Box 3 Folder 1 Cotillion/Beautillion program, 1999
Box 3 Folder 2 Directory, (briefcase), 1978
Box 3 Folder 3 Family Ministry, annual report, 1996
Box 3 Folder 4 Family Ministry, annual report, 1998
Box 3 Folder 5 Father’s Day ribbon, 1983
Box 3 Folder 6 Father’s Day, program, (briefcase), 1997
Box 3 Folder 7 Fellowship Dining Hall, gift certificate, 1994
Box 3 Folder 8 Fellowship Family Album, publication, 1991
Box 3 Folder 9 Fellowship Informer, (briefcase), 1999 August-October
Box 3 Folder 10 Fellowship Informer, 2000 November-December
Box 3 Folder 11 Fellowship Informer, 2001 July, November
Box 3 Folder 12 Fellowship Informer, 2002 November
Box 3 Folder 13 Fellowship Membership Photo Album, publication, 1998
Box 3 Folder 14 Fellowship weekly church bulletins, (briefcase), 1970s
Box 3 Folder 15 Fellowship weekly church bulletins, 1980s
Box 3 Folder 16 Fellowship weekly church bulletins, 1990s
Box 3 Folder 17 Fellowship weekly church bulletins, (briefcase), 2000s
Box 3 Folder 18 Festival of Flowers, postcard, 2016
Box 3 Folder 19 Founder’s Day, bulletin, 2000
Box 3 Folder 20 Founder’s Month, bulletin, 2001 September
Box 3 Folder 21 From Plough Handle to Pulpit: The Life Story of Rev. Clay Evans, book by Dorothy June Rose, Ivyland, PA: Neibauer Press, 1981, 1997
Box 3 Folder 22 Graduations, 1998
Box 4 Folder 1 Inspirational Thoughts on Giving from Pastor Evans, Genesis, Winter 1989
Box 4 Folder 2 Holy Land trip, Garden Tomb brochure, undated
Box 4 Folder 3 Legacy Gala, promotional card, 2009
Box 4 Folder 4 Membership register cards, (briefcase), circa 1960s
Box 4 Folder 5 Membership, roster of roles, (briefcase), 1950-1994
Box 4 Folder 6 Men’s Day, annual banquet programs, 1993, 1997
Box 4 Folder 7 Mortgage Burning Ceremony, program, 1987 June 26
Box 4 Folder 8 Mother Estanualy Evans honored, program, (briefcase), 1974
Box 4 Folder 9 News clippings, 1960-1970
Box 4 Folder 10 News clipping - Clay Evans Returns to His Roots, The Brownsville States-Graphic, 2007 May 17
Box 4 Folder 11 News clipping - Rev. Clay Evans Retires After 50 Years, The Baptist Advocate, 2000 August
c00036 Oversize Box 16 Folder 6 News clipping - A Jubilee Celebration: Reverend Dr. Clay Evans, The Spiritual Perspective, 2001 January
c00036 Oversize Box 16 Folder 6 News clipping - Among God’s Called Are the Chosen Few, Chicago Defender, 2000 December 9
c00036 Oversize Box 16 Folder 6 News clipping - Pastor Feels Time Calling, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000 December 10
Box 4 Folder 12 News clipping - Rev. Clay Evans, The Gospel Tribune, 2000 September
c00036 Oversize Box 16 Folder 6 News clipping - Something Beautiful Remains, N’Digo, December 1996
Box 4 Folder 13 News clipping - Tribute to Rev. Clay Evans, The Windy City Word, 2000 December 28
Box 4 Folder 14 Notepad, Rev. Evan’s, birthday and Father’s Day program, 2000 (briefcase)
Box 4 Folder 15 Obituaries: Bessie Bell, Ceola Hull, Korrie Shedrick, Inez Woodard, 1968-1974 (briefcase)
Box 4 Folder 16 Prayer cards, circa 2000s
Box 4 Folder 17 Retirement celebration with Mrs. Genevieve Harrison, program, 2001
Box 4 Folder 18 Rev. Clay Evans 55th birthday, program, (briefcase), 1980
Box 4 Folder 19 Rev. Clay Evans 58th birthday, bookmark, 1983
Box 4 Folder 20 Rev. Clay Evans 75th birthday, program, 2000 June 18
Box 4 Folder 21 Rev. Clay Evans 75th birthday, DuSable Museum, program, 2000 June 17
Box 4 Folder 22 Rev. Clay Evans 79th birthday, program, 2004 June 20
Box 4 Folder 23 Rev. Clay Evans 80th birthday, program, 2005 June 23
Box 4 Folder 24 Rev. Clay Evans 85th birthday, program, 2010
Box 4 Folder 25 Rev. Clay Evans Project, interview notes, 2014, 2016
Box 4 Folder 26 Rev. Clay Evans Project, questionnaire responses, 2016
Box 4 Folder 27 Rev. Consuella York, birthday musical program, (briefcase), 1954
Box 4 Folder 28 Senior Choir, 34th anniversary, program, (briefcase), 1984
Box 4 Folder 29 Sons and Daughters, luncheon program, 2007 January 6
Box 4 Folder 30 Stewardship and tithing, booklets, (briefcase), circa 1960s
Box 4 Folder 31 Sunday Church School, primary program, 1986 November 30
Box 4 Folder 32 United Theological Seminary, commencement and graduation, 1998
Box 4 Folder 33 What a Fellowship Hour, radio and television flyer, 1984
Box 4 Folder 34 Women’s Day, programs and news clipping, (briefcase), 1981, 1996, 1999

Series 2: Photographs, 1955-circa 2010

Subseries A: Biographical, 1956-circa 2010

Box 7 Photographs 1.13-1.15 50th wedding anniversary of A. Henry and Estanualy Evans, circa 1966 (3)
Box 7 Photograph 1.36 Evans, Rev. Clay, portrait, circa 1956
Box 7 Photographs 1.38-1.39 Evans, Rev. Clay, portraits, circa 2000s (2)
Box 7 Photograph 1.37 Evans, Rev. Clay, snapshot, circa 1990s
Box 7 Photographs 1.16-1.19 Evans, Rev. Clay, with siblings, 1970s (4)
Box 7 Photograph 1.28 Evans, Rev. Clay, with siblings, 1990s
Box 7 Photograph 1.31 Evans, Rev. Clay, with siblings, 2010s
Box 7 Photographs 1.32-1.35 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Lou Della Evans-Reid, 2010s (4)
Box 7 Photographs 1.20-1.22 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Lutha Mae Evans and Lou Della Evans Reid, vacation, 1970s (3)
Box 7 Photograph 1.27 Evans, Rev. Clay, with wife and children, 1990s
Box 7 Photographs 1.11-1.12 Evans family, at home, 1960s (2)
Box 7 Photographs 1.29-1.30 Evans family, events, 2000s (2)
Box 7 Photograph 1.26 Evans family, vacation, 1990s
Box 7 Photographs 1.23-1.25 Evans family, wedding, 1990s (3)

Series 2: Photographs, 1955-circa 2010

Subseries B: Fellowship Baptist Church Activities, 1955-circa 2000, undated

Box 8 Photograph 1.64 All Clubs anniversary with Kelly Dixon and Nikia Davis, 1980s
Box 8 Photograph 1.49 Appreciation banquet, 1957 January 4
Box 8 Photographs 1.54-1.55 Children’s Church, Tom Thumb wedding, 1985 (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.145 Choir, 1976 August 5
Box 8 Photographs 1.67-1.68 Choir and singers, 1990s (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.126 Choir tour, Lucille Conway Loman and Dorothy Anderson, 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.73 Choir tour, with director Reggie [McCracken?], 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.127 Choir tour, Yolanda Davis, Amanda Reed, Sue Bass Taylor, Margaret Knighton, Gaynel [?] and Rev. Clay Evans, 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.128 Choir tour, Yolanda Davis and Rev. Clay Evans, 1990s
Box 8 Photographs 1.94-1.116 Church, demolition, 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, circa 1992 (23)
Box 8 Photograph 1.66 Church, event, 1990s
Box 8 Photographs 1.87-1.90 Church, exterior, with sign, 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, circa 1992 (4)
Box 8 Photographs 1.84-1.85 Church, interior, 4543 S. Princeton Avenue, 1970s (2)
Box 8 Photographs 1.92-1.93 Church, packing and moving, 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, circa 1992 (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.50 Church procession, from church at 4621 S State Street to new location at 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, 1959 November 15
Box 8 Photograph 1.86 Church, ramp construction, 4543 S. Princeton Avenue, undated
Box 8 Photographs 1.74-1.75 Church picnic, Washington Park, 1998 (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.69 Church tour, with Maple Block Davis and Rev. Consuella York, 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.117 Church trip, 1970s
Box 8 Photograph 1.123 Church trip, 1980s
Box 8 Photograph 1.51 Davis, Maple Block, with Cub Scout troop at Fellowship’s Community House, 1960s
Box 8 Photographs 1.57-1.62 Evans, Rev. Clay, preaching 1980s (6)
Box 8 Photograph 1.77 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Artice Williams, 2000s
Box 8 Photographs 1.78-1.81 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Veronica, Florine and Linda Dillard, 2000s (4)
Box 8 Photograph 1.52 Evans, Linda, 1st Cotillion Queen, 1967
Box 8 Photograph 1.82 Evans-Reid, Lou Della, award ceremony, 2000s
Box 8 Photograph 1.83 Evans-Reid, Lou Della, luncheon, 2000s
Box 8 Photograph 1.146 Event, 1976 July 26
Box 8 Photograph 1.63 Event, in front of church, 1980s
Box 8 Photographs 1.124-1.125 [Gospel performance in France], 1988 (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.70 Graduations, Nikia Davis, 1998
Box 8 Photograph 1.71 Graduations, Veronica Dillard, 1998
Box 8 Photograph 1.72 Graduations, Artice Williams, circa 1998
Box 8 Photograph 1.76 Jackson, Rev. Jesse, at church event, 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.53 Harris, Ann, with Rev. Clay Evans, 1984
Box 8 Photograph 1.91 Harrison, Genevieve (Miss Genny), in the Fellowship kitchen, 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, circa 1992
Box 8 Photographs 1.118-1.121 Holy Land trip [Israel], 1979 (4)
Box 8 Photographs 1.131-1.136 Holy Land trip [Israel], baptisms in the Jordan River, 1999 (6)
Box 8 Photograph 1.137 Holy Land trip, Israel, baptism of Deacon Reid in the Jordan River, 1999
Box 8 Photograph 1.138 Holy Land trip, Israel, baptism of Herbert [?] in the Jordan River, 1999
Box 8 Photographs 1.139-1.140 Holy Land trip, Israel, baptism of Adron Knighton in the Jordan River, 1999 (2)
Box 8 Photographs 1.141-1.142 Holy Land trip, Israel, Gethsemane Garden visit with Claudette Evans, Rev. Clay Evans, Lou Della Evans-Reid, Pattie [?] and Tonya [?], 1999 (2)
Box 8 Photographs 1.122a-b Holy Land trip [Israel], group photograph, circa 1979
Box 8 Photographs 1.129-1.130 Holy Land trip [Israel], group portrait, 1999 (2)
Box 8 Photographs 1.143-1.144 Holy Land trip, Israel, Sea level, 1999 (2)
Box 8 Photograph 1.65 Mother’s Board honored with flowers with Mother Alice Tyree, 1990s
Box 8 Photograph 1.56 Mortgage burning ceremony, with Rev. Clay Evans, Deacon Este Evans, Rev. Henry Hardy and Rev. Jesse Jackson, 1987
Box 8 Photograph 1.48 Mullins, Betty C. (church secretary), 1955

Series 2: Photographs, 1955-circa 2010

Subseries C: Partnerships and Community Activities, circa 1950-circa 2000

Box 7 Photographs 1.2-1.3 African American Religious Connection (AARC), meeting, 1980s (2)
Box 7 Photograph 1.10 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Mahalia Jackson, 1950s
Box 7 Photograph 1.1 Evans, Rev. Clay, makes a statement with Lucille Conway Loman, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Consuella York, 1960s
Box 7 Photograph 1.4 Evans, Rev. Clay, with Rev. Jesse Jackson, unidentified event, 1980s
Box 7 Photograph 1.5 Event with Nelson Mandela, inscribed by Mandela, 1990 March 1990
Box 7 Photograph 1.6 Event with Terry Hillard, Rev. Clay Evans and Mayor Richard M. Daley, circa 1998-2003
Box 7 Photograph 1.7 Event with Rev. Clay Evan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Charles Jenkins, 2000s
Box 7 Photographs 1.8-1.9 Event with Rev. Clay Evans, Rev. Lucius Hall, C. Betty Magness and Lou Della Evans-Reid, circa 2000s (2)
Box 7 Photograph 1.41 York, Rev. Consuella, [Cook County Jail] visit, 1960s
Box 7 Photograph 1.40 York, Rev. Consuella, portrait, 1980s
Box 7 Photographs 1.43-1.47b York, Rev. Consuella, 1990s (6 polaroid photographs)
Box 7 Photograph 1.42 York, Rev. Consuella, photograph of painted portrait, undated

Series 3: Audio, 1975-2003, undated

Box 5 Audio 2.1 AARC Youth & Young Adults Worship, Rev. Donnie McClurkins, cassette, 1999 November 19
Box 6 Audio 2.22 Be Still and Know That I Am God, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Jewel Records, LP, 1983
Box 5 Audio 2.2 Christmas at the Ship, featuring Felicia Coleman-Evans and Rev. Isaac Dwayne Brown, cassette, 1987
Box 6 Audio 2.23 Come On Down / He Looked Beyond My Fault, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Jewel Records, 45 RPM, 1975
Box 6 Audio 2.24 Everything Will Be Alright / Save Me Lord, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Jewel Records, 45 RPM, 1978
Box 5 Audio 2.3 Fellowship - 31st Annual All Clubs Anniversary, cassette, 2000 November 26
Box 6 Audio 2.25-2.26 A Foolish Sale, sermon by Reverend Clay Evans, vol. 1, LP, undated
Box 6 Audio 2.27-2.28 God Will Supply, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, Jewel Records, LP, 1976
Box 5 Audio 2.6 He’ll Be There, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Savoy Records, cassette, 1988
Box 6 Audio 2.29 He’ll Be There, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Savoy Records, LP, 1988
Box 6 Audio 2.45 I’ve Got a Testimony, Rev. Clay Evans and AARC Mass Choir, Meek Recording, CD, 1995
Box 6 Audio 2.30 Live Vibrations From the Ship, Rev. Clay Evans and the Ship, Jewel Records, LP, 1975
Box 5 Audio 2.4 Performance at Israel Baptist Church, Washington DC, cassette, 1998 July 19
Box 5 Audio 2.21 Reach Beyond the Break, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, cassette, Savoy Recordings, 1990
Box 6 Audio 2.31 Reach Beyond the Break, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Savoy Records, LP, 1990
Box 6 Audio 2.32 Rev. Clay Evans, commemorative video, CD, 2000
Box 5 Audio 2.5 Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, cassette, undated
Box 6 Audio 2.33-2.35 Reverend Clay Evans Sermonizes Job’s Greatest Problem, Jewel Records, LP, 1976
Box 6 Audio 2.36 Reverend Clay Evans Sermonizes Too Many Babies in the Church, Jewel Records, LP, 1980
Box 6 Audio 2.37 Shine On Me, parts 1 and 2, Jewel Records, 45 RPM, 1980
Box 6 Audio 2.38 The Ship in Action, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Combined Choirs, vol. 2, LP, undated
Box 6 Audio 2.39 Still in the Mix, Rev. Clay Evans, Blackberry Records, CD, 2003
Box 6 Audio 2.40 Things Are Going to Work Out Somehow, Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Choir, Savoy Records, LP, 1985
Box 5 Audio 2.7 What a Fellowship Hour - 44th Annual Women’s Day, with Dorothy Anderson, cassette, 1996 May 26
Box 5 Audio 2.8 What a Fellowship Hour - Celebration of Rev. Clay Evans, with Rev. Charles Jenkins, cassette, 2001 May, 27
Box 5 Audio 2.9 What a Fellowship Hour - The Easter Story, cassette, 1998 April 12
Box 5 Audio 2.10 What a Fellowship Hour - Festival of Flowers, part 1, cassette, 1995 April 23
Box 5 Audio 2.11 What a Fellowship Hour - Festival of Flowers, part 2, cassette, 1995 April 23
Box 5 Audio 2.12 What a Fellowship Hour - The Good Samaritan, Rev. Clay Evans, cassette, 2001 July 22
Box 5 Audio 2.13 What a Fellowship Hour - I Just Want to Say Thank You, with Rev. Veal, cassette, 1996 December 29
Box 5 Audio 2.14 What a Fellowship Hour - Immorality in the Church, cassette, 1982 January 31
Box 5 Audio 2.15 What a Fellowship Hour - Lying on God, with Rev. C.E. Overstreet, cassette, 1996 November 10
Box 5 Audio 2.16 What a Fellowship Hour - The Parable of the Lost Son, cassette, 1998 February 15
Box 6 Audio 2.41 What a Fellowship Hour – Rev. Clay Evans Presents Sweet Hour of Prayer, Savoy Records, LP, 1981
Box 6 Audio 2.42-2.43 What a Fellowship Hour – Rev. Clay Evans Presents Sweet Hour of Prayer, Savoy Records, LP, 1985 (2 copies)
Box 5 Audio 2.17 What a Fellowship Hour - The Source of the Pastor’s Power, with Rev. C. Walker, cassette, [1996] October, 19
Box 5 Audio 2.18 What a Fellowship Hour - Victory is Mine’s, Rev. Clay Evans, cassette, 2001 March 25
Box 5 Audio 2.19 What a Fellowship Hour - You Can’t Hurry God, with Rev. Willie Gabriel, cassette, 1997 June 22
Box 5 Audio 2.20 What a Fellowship Hour - Young Adult Day, with Rev. Gordon Humphrey Jr., cassette, 1997 August 10
Box 6 Audio 2.44 You Ought to Take the Time Out to Praise the Lord, Rev. Clay Evans and the Ship, Jewel Records, LP, 1979

Series 4: Artifacts, 1978, 1995, 2000, undated

c00036 Box 26 2016.55 50th anniversary pin, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2000
Box 10 2016.53 Brick from old church at 45th Street and Princeton Avenue, undated
c00036 Box 26 2016.51 Button with photographic image of Rev. Clay Evans, undated
Box 9 2016.49-2016.50 Ceramic plate, illustration of Rev. Clay Evans with State Street church facade, 1956 (2 plates)
c00036 Box 26 2016.52 Men’s Day, button in memory of Deacon Van Coleman, 1978
c00036 Box 26 2016.54 “Rejoice” pin, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, undated
Art 2016.48 Rev. Clay Evans and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, giclee print on canvas from a painting by Brad Bennett, no. 1198/2500, 1995
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