Baptising in Olde Towne Creek

One of 1,399 photographs in the series: Joe Clark, HBSS, 1939-1989 available on this site.

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Photograph of Reverend Hugh Vancel performing a baptism in Olde Town Creek near Red Hill, Tennessee. The reverend is standing in the creek and facing a large crowd of people on the bank, and holding the arm of a young girl (Ivana Wright) standing next to him; several other girls (identified as Hester Welch, Minnie Hicks, Cleo McCurey, Lilian Hicks, and Lenore Treece), a woman and a man are also standing in the creek, on the left. A building with wood siding is visible in the background.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Clark, Joe 1938.

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Photograph of Reverend Hugh Vancel performing a baptism in Olde Town Creek near Red Hill, Tennessee. The reverend is standing in the creek and facing a large crowd of people on the bank, and holding the arm of a young girl (Ivana Wright) standing next to him; several other girls (identified as Hester Welch, Minnie Hicks, Cleo McCurey, Lilian Hicks, and Lenore Treece), a woman and a man are also standing in the creek, on the left. A building with wood siding is visible in the background.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is from 1938 and is shot in Red Hill, Tennessee.
One of the first photos made by Joe, Baptising in Olde Towne Creek, has endured to become a favorite and meaningful to many. It bears close scrutiny because of the differing expressions and attitudes of those attending.

People have said that they have counted fifty-one people in this picture and I’ve listened to many a controversy about a TV antenna* appearing in this 1938 photo.
The Rev. Hugh Vancel, in charge in this photo, performed countless baptisms, but the ceremony eventually moved indoors.

Olde Towne Creek empties into Keg Branch, a creek that runs though our property, about three miles left of your view point. To your right, about a mile, is the Clark family cemetery where Joe was laid to rest in December of 1989.

In 1981 the Smithsonian Institute displayed a print of this photo for use in an exhibit “Rights of Passage.” It was published in the autobiography of Dolly Parton and as the poster for the Wolf Trap Music Festival. Jb.
*lightning rod

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  • Accession or Local Control No: UNTA_AR0749-164-033
  • Accession or Local Control No: 0004-46
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc286374

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Clark Family Photography Collection

This seminal work of visual storytelling represents the extensive Clark family archives from the golden age of American photography. Their work has featured in Life Magazine, National Geographic, Look and Newsweek.

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[Baptising in Olde Towne Creek (1)] (Photograph)

[Baptising in Olde Towne Creek (1)]

Photograph of Reverend Hugh Vancel performing a baptism in Olde Town Creek near Red Hill, Tennessee. The reverend is standing in the creek and facing a large crowd of people on the bank, and holding the arm of a young girl standing next to him; several other girls, a woman and a man are also standing in the creek, on the left. A building with wood siding is visible in the background.

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[Baptising in Olde Towne Creek (1)], ark:/67531/metadc505052/

[Baptism] (Photograph)

[Baptism]

Photograph of Ivana Wright being led into the water for baptism by Preacher Hugh Vancel outside John Owen's home in Red Hill, Tennessee. She is holding hands with Hester Welch, Minnie Hicks, Cleo McCurey, Lilian Hicks, and Lenore Treece who are also in the creek, following her. Multiple people from the town are in attendance, standing on the bank of the creek in the background. The image is on a mat that includes text in the upper-right corner that says "We go down to the riverside for the baptisin'" and an inset of another image in the series is in the lower-right corner of the mat.

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[Baptism in Olde Towne Creek] (Photograph)

[Baptism in Olde Towne Creek]

Photograph of the baptism of Ivana Wright, who is standing a creek next to Preacher Hugh Vancel; Vancel is facing the bank and raising one of his hands toward the crowd standing on the bank. Immediately behind them, Hester Welch, Minnie Hicks, Cleo McCurey, Lilian Hicks, and Lenore Treece are also in the creek, standing in line. The baptisms took place int he Olde Towne Creek outside John Owen's home in Red Hill, Tennessee.

[Baptism in Olde Towne Creek] - ark:/67531/metadc499766

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  • 1938

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  • May 17, 2014, 1:44 a.m.

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  • Jan. 29, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

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Clark, Joe. Baptising in Olde Towne Creek, photograph, 1938; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc286374/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.