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    The Jubilee Singers. (1875). Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Spruce Street Church Revival

Nashville Globe – 1 Mar 1907

Spruce Street Church Revival – A revival meeting is now progressing at the old Mother Church on Spruce street.  One particular character about this revival is that it was begun on Washington’s birthday which keeps up the wish of the late Father Merry; it was always his custom to begin his revivals on the 22d of February, and thus celebrate the anniversary of the “Father of the Country” and at the same time begin an active work for saving of souls.  

This year, Rev. T.J. Townsend of Brownsville, Tennessee, which was recently called to the pastorate of Spruce Street Church, is conducting the revival.  Already tremendous success has been met with.  Up to Wednesday, 30 confessions had been reported with many more seeking for the faith.  Rev. Townsend proposes to make this the most vigorous religious campaign ever held, in Nashville.   Members and friends of the church, irrespective of the denomination, are showing their interest and sympathy in the movement by contributing their presence.  An appreciative audience has been noticed during the first few souls, are added to the church and many more converted.  A new and effective way of advertising this meeting has been inaugurated, that is badges are being pinced on all who will wear them, showing that the revival is in progress and that they are in sympathetic cooperation.

Rev. J.P. Robinson

Nashville Globe – 1 Mar 1907

Rev. J.P. Robinson Coming — At the next regular meeting of the National Baptist Publishing Board, which is to be held on the second Tuesday in March, it is learned that the Rev. J.P. Robinson, D.D., of Little Rock, Ark., will be in attendance.  He is a member of this board as well as chairman of the House Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention with headquarters at Little Rock, Ark.  Dr. Robinson is supposed to meet both the Publishing Board and the Home Mission Board, but owing to the distance and extreme pressure of business, he is not always present.  He has not been to Nashville since just prior to the meeting of the National Convention, but is always represented by proxy.  Dr. Robinson is one of the leading ministers in the Baptist denomination; he is pastor of the First Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., which has a membership fo 1,200.  He is also Vice President of the Capital City Savings Bank and the author of several books.  His last “Sermons and Sermonettes,” is now about on its third edition.  As a minister, he is one of the logical few of the old which God left in the South.

Mrs. Napier Visits Home

While browsing newspapers on the Library of Congress; Chronicling America website, I just happened across a news item of Nashville citizen, Nettie Langston Napier.

Washington Bee newspaper of Washington, DC
August 6, 1910; pg. 5

“Mrs. Nettie Langston Napier, of Nashville, Tenn., is the guest of her mother and brother at the old homestead.”

Nettie’s mom was Caroline Wall Langston of North Carolina.  In the 1910 census, her mom is enumerated with Frank, Nettie’s brother in Washington DC.  Living with the family is also a niece of Nettie’s that is named after her.  At the time, she was 13 years old.   Nettie’s father was John Mercer Langston.

Google Magazines

Google has recently added magazines to their Google Books database. Of note, they have included several magazines particularly relevant to African-American culture.  Some titles of note include:

 

To limit your Google Books search to any particular title, for example, in Jet magazine specifically, use the annotation “intitle: Jet” after your search term.

Walden Hospital

New at The Historical Marker Database — Walden Hospital Walden Hospital was a hospital begun in Chattanooga in 1915 by Meharry graduate, Dr. Emma Rochelle Wheeler. 

 

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Dr. Wheeler has a biography online at the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee website.  According to the bio, Dr. Wheeler and her young child Joseph moved to Nashville in the early 1900s.  She graduated from Meharry in 1905 and also got married that same week to Dr. John N. Wheeler; moving to Chattanooga shortly thereafter.  Dr. Emma Rochelle Wheeler lived in Chattanooga for essentially the rest of her life, though, died in 1957 back in Nashville at Hubbard Hospital, the hospital associated with her alma mater, Meharry. 

Meharry has some of their catalogs online and they include 1905. Here, we find Dr. Wheeler Howard listed among the graduates.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Sampson W. Keeble

Sampson W. Keeble was the first African-American to serve on the TN State Legislature. He represented Davidson County from 1873-1875.  Earlier this month I was out at Greenwood Cemetery and happened upon his grave. 

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As you can see, he is buried with his daughter and son-in-law.  The Tennessee State Library & Archives has an online exhibit of black legislators from Tennessee in which Keeble is included. His bio has several details about his personal life and legislative career. 

The bio mentions that he last appears in the Nashville City Directory in 1886, and now that Ancestry has Nashville City Directories now from 1879-1899, I was able to quickly look him up.  Looks like he lived at 100 N. Spruce St. 

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Given how new his headstone is, and given that a previous bio of him indicates it was now known where he died, I suspect this marker may have been recently done, perhaps in conjunction w/ the TSLA exhibit?

Video: Sheryll Cashin

Sheryl Cashin, a law professor at Georgetown University and author of the book, The Agitator’s Daughter, was recently in Nashville to discuss her book.  A descendant of Herschel Cashin, Sheryl’s extended family tree includes some people mentioned here on this blog. Several of her family members (including both of her parents) were Fiskites her aunt Minnie V. Cashin married the nephew of James Carroll Napier

Despite the fact that I work at Vanderbilt, I was not able to attend the lecture, but a video is now available online.  Check it out!

Wordless Wednesday: Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University of Nashville, Tennessee

rogerwilliamsuniversitySource: Richings, G. F. Evidences of Progress Among Colored People. Philadelphia: G.S. Ferguson Co, 1905. [Available via Google Books


Descendants of W.T. Hightower

Tonight I was contacted by another descendant of W.T. Hightower, a merchant from Nashville. This is the second descendant in the past six months.  I love it!

With that, I decided to look again at the family of William Thomas Hightower Sr. and I found a couple of more census records to add to their tree

With some more online searching, I located a reference to W.T. in the book Evidence of Progress Among Colored People by G.F. Richings, published in 2005.  In the book, it mentions that “W.T. Hightower started a business as a dealer in old rags and iron with a capital of 25 cents.  He now owns a large brick building and a beautiful home.”

Many others from Nashville are also mentioned in the book, including J.C. Napier, Preston A. Taylor,  Dr. R.F. Boyd, and others. I’ll have to look at this more closely.

Obituary: William McKissack

Nashville Globe – 25 Oct 1918

William McKissak Passes Away

Pulaski, TN (Special to the Globe) – On Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918; William (Will) McKissack breated his last breath while in a private hospital in Charleston, W. Va., where he and four other of his brothers were at work.  He was taken to the hospital from his temporary residence after becoming very ill.  He was the son of Mr. Gabriel and Mrs. Dolly McKissack, who were pioneers and highly respected here by both white and highly respected here by both white and colored.  Will, as he was familiarly called, was married a few years ago to Miss Oneal Frazier who was at that time teaching in the city schools of Nashville.  

The people of Pulaski were shocked when the news flashed over the wiere announcing the death of Will McKissack.  He had undertaken many enterpises to make good and had been fairly successful.  He was a member of the C.M.E. Church and was a loyal and consistent member until the time of his death.  His remains arrived here from Charleston over the L. & N. on Monday, October 14, 1918, accompanied by his four brothers, Messrs. Moses, Abraham, Arthur and Prof. Calvin McKissack, also his sister, Mrs. Mary Utley; his wife, Mrs. Oneal McKissack, and a lady friend of theirs. 

They were joined here by another sister, Mrs. Annie Maxwell, of Birmingham, and a host of relatives and friends. Other out-of-town relatives here were Mr. Willis James Bramlette, a cousin to the McKissacks and his distinguished parents.   Mr. and Mrs. William Bramlette live here. 

The funeral was in charge of the Pulaski Undertaking Co., under the special direction and management of Prof. T.P. Turner.  The procession was long, and while there were no exercises at the church, the whole ceremony was complete and representative people from all walks of life were out and showed their respect and appreciaion.  Rev. M.E. Jackson was the officiating clergyman.  the following were pallbearers: Mess. John Abernathy, Walter McNairy, Will Tears, Harvey North, A.D. Howell Jr., and Prof. B.H. Morrell.  The following out-of-town friends of Colubmia, Tenn. were present: Dr. T.W. Stephens, who made some remarks at the funeral; Mr. H.D. Merrell Jr. and another friend.

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