Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 15
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Many families kept the church united as one family under God.
Some family names I remember are Harris, Lilly, Calloway, Byrd,
Bryant, and Beasley.
Mrs. McGee gave Black Gold the following history of Shady Grove
The first pastor of the church was a white man. Succeeding
this minister, many others followed in,his footsteps. Some of
these included Bro. D. Ingle, Bro. W. Harris, Bro. Lindsey, Rev.
Brown, Rev. M. Roberts, and Rev. C. Beauford. Under Rev. Beau-
ford, the people purchased a bell and placed it in the tower.
The Rev. Lottie followed Bro. Beauford, who was followed by Rev.
E. Pickens, then Rev. E. Black.
Under Rev. Black the church was rebuilt, and he served until his
death. Later Rev James Ward was instrumental in orginating a
youth day, a pastoral day, and the purchase of a heating facility.
Serving later was Rev. J. J. Johnson, who during his ministry
ordained four deacons. Under his leadership the church began a
V. B S. and repaired the building.
Rev. M. E. Jones was next elected pastor. He added four
deacons to the church. Because of this, all debts were quickly
paid. With his support the church has been remolded and air con-
ditioned. The church has produced 23 preacher. The church still
contines to grow spiritually."
The population of the community, approximately 400, despite
the hard work everyone put out participated in many recreational
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