Art, Music, History, and Dessert
This weekend the Alton YWCA will honor two of Alton’s racial justice pioneers: The Alton Museum of History and Art and New Bethel Rocky Fork A.M.E. Church. The Art, Music, History, and Dessert event is always an enjoyable, educational, and delicious evening, so I encourage you to go learn more about Alton’s history and support these important local organizations.
We have several items in the Genealogy & Local History Library about or created by both entities being recognized:
New Bethel Rocky Fork A.M.E. Church, call number IR 977.3865 DIX
This item contains a record of all graves at New Bethel Rocky Fork A.M.E. Church. The names on and location of all gravestones that were legible at the time of this survey (1987) are included. Luckily, very few gravestones were so weathered that the names were illegible.
20th Century African American Leaders in Alton: Committee on Black Pioneers, Alton Museum of History and Art Exhibit Catalog, two copies, call numbers IR LOCKED CASES 920 ALT and IR 920 ALT
This exhibit catalog contains a wealth of information on Alton’s African American leaders, including several, like Reverend Erasmus Green, who were instrumental in the founding and growth of New Bethel Rocky Fork A.M.E. Church. The book is organized by decade, and there are 128 biographies, many with photos. It’s a fantastic resource.