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 Sunday...
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 Sixteenth Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17103.
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