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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

First Baptist Church - Group to Consider a New Church

Description: Photograph of a group of people from the congregation of First Baptist Church. They are arranged in two rows and those in the front are sitting in chairs. Most of the people are wearing choir robes, and a man to the left of the photograph is posing with a string bass. The photograph was taken outside, in front of a building When First Baptist Church was at it's 14th and Red River Streets location in 1930, Rev. Levi Stanmore selected 10 groups to discuss, review the survey given to them, and at a later date give their group reports to him about "considering a New Church". This is group #7, the Senior Choir, Sister Ann Grant, Director.
Date: May 14, 1930
Item Type: Photograph

Lavina Blanton Strain

Description: Photograph of Lavina Blanton Strain, the second 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 Riding the Church Bus

Description: Photograph of seniors of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas getting on the church bus. Three women are standing in front of a van with the passenger doors open; parts of the church name, address, and phone number are visible on the side of the van.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

First Baptist Church - Group to Consider a New Church

Description: Photograph of twelve people from the First Baptist Church congregation. They are posed in two rows with those in front sitting in chairs and the back row standing behind them. The photograph appears to have been taken outside, in front of a building. When First Baptist Church was at it's 14th and Red River Streets location in 1930, Rev. Levi Stanmore selected 10 groups to discuss, review the survey given to them, and at a later date give their group reports to him about "considering a New Church". This is group #9, the Deaconesses.
Date: May 14, 1930
Item Type: Photograph

First Baptist Church Member Wearing a Hat

Description: Photograph of a woman wearing dressy clothes including a hat and jewelry. She is a member of First Baptist Church and is walking through a room. Other people are partially visible behind her, sitting in chairs, as well as a vending machine against the back wall.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Seniors Enjoying a Meal

Description: Photograph of seniors of First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas enjoying a meal. Several people are visible, seated around various tables; they appear to be eating and talking with one another.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Pastor Stanmore

Description: Photograph of Pastor Stanmore of First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas; he is seated in a chair and other people are partially visible seated beside him and standing behind.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph