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GB59 Rev. Arthur L. James

FILES

GB059 Rev. A. L. James, First Baptist Church Gainsboro.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

GB59 Rev. Arthur L. James

Description

Rev. Arthur L. James was born August 1, 1877 in Madison, Florida Howard and Lula James. During WWI James served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces as secretary under the War Work Council of the Y. M. C. A. From 1918 to 1957, James served as pastor at First Baptist Church Gainsboro. During his leadership the church experienced its highest membership, peaking at 2,193. Notably, James began the first daily vacation bible school in the city; presided over the Helping Hands Club and the Men’s Club, who were responsible for publication of The Church News, which was reported to be the only black newspaper in Southwest Virginia at the time; and began a weekly radio broadcast, the Black Home Devotional Hour, with the help of the church’s senior choir. Rev. Arthur L. James died September 8, 1968.

Creator

George C. Davis

Publisher

Roanoke Public Libraries

Date

Unknown

Contributor

Gainsboro Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries

Rights

Please contact the Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 for permission to use.

Identifier

GB59

Coverage

Gainsboro

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Citation

George C. Davis, “GB59 Rev. Arthur L. James,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed February 8, 2023, http://www.virginiaroom.org/digital/document/GB59.