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Pastor McDonald

Description: Photograph of several people in a room, including Pastor McDonald of First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. The man on the right is wearing a dark suit and holding a basket, standing on a platform; to the left, a man in a light suit is facing him and a woman behind him is seated and holding a bouquet of flowers. A flag, microphones, and various other objects are visible behind the three people.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Ebenezer Baptist Church - Men at Building Dedication

Description: Photograph of men signing contract for building the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin, TX on August 8, 1955. Included are (seated): U.S Fowler, Secretary of Trustee Board; Charles Fowler of Fowler Electric; Troy Ragland, Gemeral Contractor; J.D. Young of Young and Pratt, Heating Contractors; T.C. Calhoun, Chairman of Trustees; U.S. Gregg, Assistant Church Clerk; (standing): Robert L. Rowe, Pastor; W.B. Campbell, Church Treasurer; Walter J. Jones, Trustee and Building Committee Member; Perry Edmondson, Chairman of Deacon Board and Building Committee; C.H. Walker, Trustee; G.B. Arnold, Trustee.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Three Members of First Baptist Church

Description: Photograph of three members of First Baptist Church in the sanctuary. They are standing behind a microphone at the front of the church. Several other people are partially visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Estella Strain

Description: Portrait of Estella Strain, the first wife of Morris Strain. Morris was the grandson of Mahala Murchison, the first African American to live in Austin.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Seniors Enjoying a Meal

Description: Photograph of seniors of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas enjoying a meal. Three women in the foreground are sitting together at a table; other people are visible behind them.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Frank Strain Family

Description: Photograph of a family including a man and woman seated with a young girl as well as two older girls and young boys standing around them. Frank Strain (Mahala's second oldest child) is pictured with his wife and five children. Frank Strain was the porter on the first train to make a trip to Austin, a Houston and Texas Central train from Houston.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Grandma Dedrick

Description: Photograph of Grandma Derick, a member of Wesley Chapel M.E. Church in Austin, TX. She provided the sacrament bread for Old Weslay
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

First Baptist Church - Picnic

Description: Photograph of a group of people at a picnic honoring Rev and Mrs. Pius in 1922. Pictured are: Rev. and Mrs. Pius, Annie Roberts, La and Bueland Murphy, Ruth A. Pius, Mollie Perry, Rena Belle Leonard, Tracy Lewis, Janie Perry, Edna Stevenson, Rev. J.B. Knox, Lewis Mitchell, Mamie Smith, Birdie Lee, and Bessie Dotson.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

First Baptist Church - Historic Bell

Description: Photograph of the historic bell from the old building at 14th and Red River Streets. Once in a belfry, it is currently atop the bulletin showcase at 4805 Heflin Lane in Austin, TX.
Date: 2001
Item Type: Photograph

Mahala Murchison

Description: Photograph of Mahala Murchison in a dress and apron, posed out-of-doors. A man is standing beside her, but only partially visible. A fence and several trees are in the background. Mahala Murchison, the first African American to live in Austin, nTX. Mahala's father was the brother to Alexander Murchison, he died when she was about 10 years old, and on his deathbed Alexander promised to take care of her, she was brought with his family to Travis Co. Austin TX, and became the first black to settle there.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph