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THE Y. W. C. A. (Branch)
Under the leadership of Mrs. W. I). Carter, wife of the Pastor
of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, a branch of the Young
Women's Christian Association was organized in Seattle and after
much hard work a home was finally secured and a picture of the
same with some of the members of the same is herewith presented.
Mrs. Carter and those associated with her have battled nobly for
the success of this branch and they rejoice in the fact that success
for them now seems eminent. In the photograph Mrs. Carter may
be seen at the head of the list.
The First African Methodist Episcopal Church was thro first
religious denomination established in Seattle among her colored
nitizens. It is now the proud possessor of a magnificent brick edi
fice, the same being well fitted and furnished for church services.
It is well located in a residential section and has a large and ever
growing membership. The present pastor is the Rev. David A.
Graham, I). D.
The Grace Presbyterian Church was the last of the three per
manent church organizations of the city to be established, but it
is worshiping under its own vine and fi^r tree, which is a no less
imposing edifice than that of the Methodists. It has a- growing
membership and gives much evidence of becoming one of the influ
ential organizations of the city. The pastor of this church is the
Rev. Jesse Belmont Barber, a young man, who but a few months
prior finished his college corrieulum.
The Sojourner Truth Club is an independent body that has
recently come into existence in Seattle to provide a home for young
women, who come to the city, but without friends or acquaintances
to lean upon. The club has purchased a magnificent home and
the same is now being fitted up. and within a few days more it
will be ready for occupancy. The president of this Club is Mrs.
Archie R. Bonner. who is deeply interested in the work.
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Entered as second class matter, August 18. 1916. at the Post
Office at Seattle. Wash., under the Act of March 3rd, 1916.
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MT. ZION'S PASTOR
William D. Carter was born in Carroll coun
ty, State of Mississippi, August 7th, 1862, and
was one of ten children, two boys and eight
girls. His elder brother died in early life,
thus leaving the care of the family upon him,
and his mother being a widow, the struggles of
young William were many. However, lie loved
his mother and sisters and the humble log
cabin of that day was all the world to him. He
was forced to rise early in the mornings and
went until late hours of night to his farm duties in
order that his mother and sisters might have
the comforts of life. His opportunities to ac
quire an education were quite limited, largely
due to the inadequate public school system of
those days, the school term being but four
months in the year, -January and February.
August and September, but he helped himself
along by attending night school under Professor
A. M. Tanner, riding a distance of four miles
to town after his day's work on the farm was
When less than nineteen years of age lie
married Miss America Taylor, who had just
past her sixteenth birthday, and for eight years
they traveled the path of life together, success
crowning their every effort. This young man's
life was darkened when death claimed his lov
ing companion and she went away to be with
God. However, he was not dismayed, but took
a new grip upon life and its struggles. ITe was
converted and baptized into the Vaiden Friend
ship Baptist Church at the age of eighteen
and was ordained to the gospel minstry ten
years later. Early in life he began to develop
leadership and became a factor in the uplift of
his people, which leadership soon became an
tagonistic to an element of people in the South,
and resulted in his leaving the state of Missi
ssippi and settling in the stale of Missouri in
1889. Here he became a student pastor of the
Green Chapel Baptist Church at Clarksville
and a student at Western College, Macon. Mis
souri, from which he was graduated in 1808.
During his ten years' stay in Missouri he pas
tored some of the leading churches in the
state and for a number of years was the
moderator of the Mount Carmel Association,
one of the largest, most efficient and important
associations in the state. lie was married to
Miss B. Corrine McMahan, September sth,
18!)!). In 1!)()() he was called to the pastorate of
the Pilgrim Baptist Church of St. Paul, Minne
sota, and for ten years was active not only in
the work of said church but in the state and
Middle West. Much against the wish of the church
and the people in general in the twin cities, he
tendered his resignation as pastor to become the
business manager and financial secretary of
Western College, in which capacity he served
for three years. The degree of 1). I), was con
ferred upon him by the board of education of
said College. About this time the Mount Zion
Baptist Church of Seattle was in need of a
pastor and. having heard of the Reverend
Carter through Mrs. Amanda Godsey, he was
extended a call to the pastorate of said church
and entered upon the work in the fall of lf)12.
His work in Seattle and on the coast speaks
for itself. Mr. Carter has been quite active in
all uplift work in Seattle and has made his
influence felt for good from time to time.
May I!!', 1910