Choir of Emanuel
following article was made possible by the Friends of Midland
organization, which contributed photographs, information and primary
research materials from their archives. Originally formed to rescue
and rehabilitate the historic Midland Cemetery, the Friends of Midland
also have an interest in local African American history, including the
Hygienic School and Steelton African American churches. They are very interested in hearing from former
students of the Hygienic School, former residents, and anyone interested
in Steelton's African American history, and can be contacted at the following address:
The photograph below came to the archives through an online auction, with little explanation of its origin. Fortunately there is an extensive pencil notation on the reverse side that identifies the place as the "Emmanuel Church of God in Christ on Main Street, Steelton, PA." Presumably the picture depicts the choral members or choir of that church, which originally existed on the borough's west side.
A local resident, Sheila Barton, provided more
details about the present day church, noting "This article is awesome, especially since a good amount of
[the people in the picture] are still alive and attending
Emanuel under the pastorate of Elder David Screven. We are now located at 16th and Liberty Streets in Harrisburg.
Mary Brown Moody is my mother. Bishop Burton, in his 100's, visits us every fifth
Please click the image for a larger photograph.
The pencil notation on the reverse side reads:
"Emmanuel Church of God in Christ on Main Street Steelton, PA.
The current address of Emanuel Church of God in Christ is 601 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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This page was updated June 13, 2004.