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Ebenezer A.M.E Church Records
The Ebenezer A.M.E. Church was the first African-American church established in Evanston, Illinois. The collection includes meeting minutes, publications, newspapers clippings, reports, ledgers, photographs, and audio-visual recordings. Although not complete, the collection is especially strong in holdings documenting the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Gospel Choir.
Mount Zion Baptist Church Records
In 1892, a group of fourteen Second Baptist Church congregates broke from their church and formed Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois. In 1894, Mt. Zion Baptist Church was officially organized and founded. The Mt. Zion Baptist Church records document the organizational and social history of the church, focusing especially on the Reverend John F. Norwood years (1985-2004).
Obituary and Funeral Program Collection
The Obituary and Funeral Program collection is comprised of almost 1200 African American obituaries, funeral programs, funeral hymns, and thank you cards and letters from Evanston and the North Shore area. A database of the holdings is available onsite at Shorefront Legacy Center for use by researchers. The materials span from 1941 to 2012.
Second Baptist Church Records
Second Baptist Church was the first African-American Baptist church formed in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1882, the church still functions today. The Second Baptist Church records span from 1875 to 2008. The Second Baptist Church records concern the social history of the church rather than the organizational.
Shorefront Legacy Center Research Files Collection
The Shorefront Legacy Center Research Files collection consists of material gathered on a variety of subjects relating to the African American experience, especially in Evanston, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. The collection spans from 1880-2011 and includes writings, newspaper clippings, church bulletins, notes, exhibit material, photographs, and oral histories relating to African Americans in the Greater-Chicago area.