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Campbell AME Cemetery Recognized

Joe Menkevich just informed me that the Burial Ground at Campbell AME Church at 1651 Kinsey Street has been approved by the staff of the Philadelphia Historical Commission to be included on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

A hearing (for Approval) will be held by the Committee on Historic Designation, January 19, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following links:

Link: https://bit.ly/chdjan19 

Passcode: 888960

(If approved on Jan 19th 2022,  a second hearing will be held by the Historical Commission on February 11th .

Campbell AME Church

Joe has been researching Frankford for years and gathered all the evidence and presented it to the Commission last year.

Joe includes much of Frankford history that is not well known within his nomination document.  One of the most interesting stories to me is the story of Billy Brown who was one of the first Trustees of Campbell AME Church.

 John Fanning Watson, a nineteenth-century collector, chronicler, and historian interviewed one William (Billy) Brown, who was a Trustee of the Campbell:

“1825 — Billy Brown, a black man, of Frankford, was seen by me in his 93d (born about 1732) year of age — he lived about two years afterwards. He was of the African race, taken a prisoner (in Africa) when a lad, leaving his parents and five brethren; and was two years before reaching the coast and being sold.

I found him quite intelligent, his memory good, and himself a pious, good man. He was then the husband of a young wife, by whom he had children, the youngest then 16 years old.

What made him most interesting; he had been at Braddock’s defeat, as servant to Colonel Brown of the Irish regiment. There he remembered and described to me the conduct of Washington in that action — how he implored Braddock for leave to fight the Indians in their own way, with 300 of his own men, and how he was repulsed with disdain.

He was afterwards at the death of General Wolfe, and near his person, still with Colonel Brown; thence went to the attack of Havana; thence, at the peace, to Ireland, with his master, who there set him free by a vessel going to Philadelphia.

There he was fraudulently conveyed to Virginia and sold — became the slave of one Wiley, who was extremely cruel to him — lost some of his fingers and toes by severe exposure — was bought by General Washington, and was his slave during all the Revolution, at his estate at the Long Meadows.

Finally, free at Frankford; since died, and made happy in a better world.”

4 “…I have full confidence in the words of Billy as far as they went, because he seemed incapable of intentional fraud, and was beside a religious man, of the Methodist profession; but above all, he had been in after life seven years a servant with General Washington, and that circumstance must have more deeply impressed the facts as they were…5

This amazing man is part of Frankford history. Thanks to Joe this story and the others included in the nomination will now be known.

You can read it all at this link.  It’s well worth your time.  Thanks to Joe Menkevich.

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Food Box Distribution at St. Mark’s

From Christina Mancini, Warden at St. Marks

We are equal parts humbled and delighted to share that our church has been selected by local nonprofit The Ray of Hope Project, run by Frankford’s own Raymond Gant, for a food distribution event this Saturday at 10 am.

The boxes being provided weigh about 40 pounds or more and include fresh fruits and vegetables, so it would be helpful for anyone attending to bring along a wheeled shopping cart.

Thank you Raymond Gant for this enormous blessing and for all you do for our community!

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Interim Pastor Kevin D. Jones, Second Baptist Church of Frankford

Frankford Residents Welcome Interim Pastor Kevin D. Jones, Second Baptist Church of Frankford

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Pastor Jones will officially lead the congregation as Interim Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Frankford!

Second Baptist is where he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. George N. Kenner. He also served under the Pastorate of Reverend Dr. Daryl R. Bradsbery, former pastor of Second Baptist church.

Pastor Jones credits many people who have prayed for him and also helped him along his Christian journey and taught him the value of serving the Lord. He has been instrumental and very active in several ministries such as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, male chorus, Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, member of the Trustee board, and Chairman of the Deacon board.

He received his education in the Philadelphia Public School system, and went on to seek his post education at California State College of PA. After 37 years with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Pastor Jones’s faith journey led him under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the support of many mentors, teachers, family, and friends to preach the gospel. He was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel on January 7, 2018 and Ordained as Pastor in September of 2019.

He is married to his lovely wife Robin for 34 years, and from their union have two beautiful children, daughter Morgan and son Jordan. In addition, cherishing two lovely grandchildren, Londyn and Logan.

Pastor Jones continues to serve the Lord in every capacity and continues to be a humble servant of the Lord. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

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Stop the Violence Prayer Rally

You are invited to come out and show your concern.

St. Mark’s Church will be hosting a community engagement event on Martin Luther King day from 1-3 pm on the 4700 block of Griscom at Arrott Street.

There will be a separate prayer service to follow on Hawthorne Street (where the recent fatal barricade situation transpired) at 4 pm led by Pastor Richard Smith from Faith Assembly of God.

Many community groups have confirmed their attendance. The aim is to bring the community together and have the various organization engage with the community and share a little bit about what each of us does with a goal of fostering a sense of community, discussing available resources, and addressing violence, especially gun violence, in the community. The 15th District PDAC and another group will be providing refreshments.

 

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St. James Lutheran Church Last Service

Story by Sephanie Cook

Due to funding shortfalls and decreased attendance, St. James’ last service will be on Sunday April 28, 2019.

The good news, however, is that we will be opening a non-denominational Christian church in it’s place.   We will be at the same location.

Relevance Community Church

5185 Castor Ave.
215-743-1828
Sunday Contemporary Service 10 am
Youth Ministry (1st-12th grade)
Fridays, 6 pm-8:30 pm
Addictions Meeting
 Tuesdays, 7-8 pm