Saint Paul Church of Christ, 4133 Frank Price Church Road
St. Paul Church of Christ Founded 1930 Elder J.H. Artis Rebuilt 1984 The Greater St. Paul Bishop C.L. Barnes Deacons J.A. Barnes, B. Edwards, L.R. Roberson, L. Rogers, J.l Newsome, E.D. Jones, F. Smith, E.M Edmundson Sect., Bishop C.L. Barnes Pastor
Note that there is another Saint Paul Church of Christ, founded in 1905, on Lake Wilson Road near Elm City. The church above is known as Saint Paul Church of Christ, Black Creek, which seems to denote its former location.
First: Saint Luke is an A.M.E., not an A.M.E. Zion church. A.M.E. Zion is a much larger denomination than A.M.E. in North Carolina and has had several churches in Wilson, including Saint John and Trinity.
In 1906, a group of A.M.E. trustees bought a lot on Suggs Street and built a church there. The church was not organized as Saint Luke until 1910. In the 1930s, the congregation moved to a storefront at the corner of Vick and Atlantic Streets and erected its current edifice in 1948. The church had early struggles. In 1953, the Times carried a notice of sale for the property; the trustees had defaulted on a loan.
(I belonged to this church as a child, by the way. Thirty years after its construction, it was little changed, down to its handbuilt pews and wall-mounted gas heaters.)
The cornerstone of Saint Luke A.M.E. Church: “Erected to the glory of God.”
P.J. McIntyre — Rev. McIntyre was pastor of Saint Luke from 1944 to 1952.
Dan Jones — Dan Henry Jones Jr. registered for the World War II draft in Wilson in 1940. Per his draft registration card, he was born 7 November 1907 in Pender County, N.C.; his contact was father Dan Henry Jones, Rose Hill, Duplin County; and worked at Wilson Tobacco Company, Stemmery Street.
F.V. Worley — Frank Void Worley. Frank Worley died 30 January 1963 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 22 February 1888 in Robeson County, N.C.; was a tobacco factory laborer; and loved at 408 Grace Street. Informant was Robert Murphy, 716 Hooks Street, Wilson.
Wilbert Williams — Wilbert Williams registered for the World War II draft in Wilson in 1940. Per his registration card, he was 27 years old; was born in Robeson County, N.C.; lived at 703 Walnut Street, Wilson; and his contact was mother Mary Blanch Williams, same address.
A.L. Walden — Alfred Lee Walden died 9 January 1964 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 3 March 1893 in Northampton County, N.C., to John Walden and Martha Jane Roberson; lived at 1301 Washington Street; and was a World War I veteran. Nannie Walden was informant.
Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church is on Wiggins Mill Road northwest of Lucama in Springhill township. Founded in 1909, the church is home to branches of the Kent, Renfrow, Jones, Barnes, Creech and Powell families, among others. (Including members of the Gospel Four.)
These photographs, which appear to date from the early 1970s, show the church’s wooden mid-century iteration, an early cornerstone, and the road sign that once identified the church to passersby.
Mary Grove Church today. The sanctuary has undergone several remodels in its 100+ years and is now a modern brick structure with attached offices and meeting space. The cornerstone in the brick plinth shown above is now embedded front left. The church’s cemetery is located behind the parking lot at the far right edge of the image below.
Many thanks to Edith Jones Garnett for sharing family photographs of Mary Grove Church.
Wilson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 513 East Barnes Street, Wilson.
This church was founded in 1910. The congregation initially met in a parishioner’s home, then moved into the building first occupied by Jackson Chapel. (Jackson Chapel merged with First Missionary Baptist Church, which stands one block away at Pender and Nash.) The original one-story wooden structure is shown below.
Sanborn Insurance Map, Wilson, N.C., 1913.
Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, 627 East Green Street, Wilson.
The church building, at the corner of Green and Elba Streets, is now occupied by Christ Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries.
Sanborn Insurance Map, Wilson, N.C., 1913.
Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church, 519 Singletary Street, Wilson.
The original church, a small wooden building, is at left below. (The larger brick church, designated Tabernacle Missionary Baptist, is now the site of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.)
Sanborn Insurance Map, Wilson, N.C., 1922.
Mount Zion Holy Church, 517 Hadley Street, Wilson.
Organized in North Carolina in 1886, the United Holy Church of America, Inc., is a predominantly black Pentecostal Holiness Christian denomination and the oldest African-American Holiness-Pentecostal body in the world. Bishop G.J. Branch of Goldsboro, North Carolina, established congregations up and down the East Coast.
[N.B. Three of the five cornerstones were engraved by marble worker/artist Clarence B. Best. (Four, if you count the dates added to the Pilgrims Rest cornerstone.]