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From the Archives: VUU Alumni attend National Baptist Convention

September 16, 2016

It was 107 years ago this week that Virginia Union University alumni took this photo at the National Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio.


From the Union-Hartshorn Journal, Vol. X, No. 1, November 1909, [photo] inside cover, p. 2.


These are all graduates of what is now known as The Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. They are members of The National Baptist Convention.  This group was taken in Columbus, Ohio, September 17, 1909.

Top row from left to right – Rev. E. A. P. Cheek, Columbia, S.C.; Rev. R. T. Frye, Lexington, Ky.; Rev. E. T. Martin, Chicago, Ill.; Rev. A. C. Powell, New York City; Rev. W. F. Graham, Richmond, Va.; Rev. A. Gordon, Philadelphia; Rev. S. E. J. Watson, Hot Springs, Ark.

Middle row from left to right – Rev. T. L. Griffith, Des Moines, Iowa; Rev. J. W. Boykin, Camden, S. C.; Rev. L. A. Carter, Knoxville, Tenn.; Rev. E. W. Merchant, Little Rock, Ark.; Rev. Sutton E. Griggs, Nashville, Tenn.; Rev. A. Childs, Philadelphia, Pa.

Seated – Rev. J. H. A. Cyrus, Port Royal , Va.; Rev. H. W. Childs, Pittsburg; Rev. R. C. Judkins, Montgomery, Ala.; Rev. William Jones, Detroit, Mich.; Rev. J. H. Eason, Aanniston, Ala.; Rev. H. Powell, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Rev. J. M. Coleman, Anniston, Ala.

( See Alumni Notes, p. 10.)



If you are interested in learning more about the history of Virginia Union University or viewing our collections, contact the VUU Archives & Special Collections.


Selicia Allen

Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist 






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