Second Baptist Newspaper Articles

Choir of Second Baptist. 1924. Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Choir of Second Baptist. 1924. Ypsilanti Historical Society.

This page contains original, scanned newspaper articles covering the period from 1865 until 1920 concerning Ypsilanti Second Baptist Church. The language and content of these stories, taken directly from period newspapers, is sometimes derisive and racist. Though the articles are presented without commentary, readers are asked to pay attention to how reporting in the local press changes as the years progress and the gains won in the Civil War era are overturned. While many of these clippings are simply notices or seemingly minor, together they tell a grand story of the life of the community.

The newspapers were accessed through microfilm at various libraries and archives. The Ypsilanti Public Library, The Ypsilanti Historical Society, The Library of Michigan as well as Eastern Michigan University’s Halle Library all have Ypsilanti newspapers. They include:

Ypsilanti True Democrat, 1864-1865. Changed to Ypsilanti Commercial  in 1865 and published, with some interruptions, until 1900.

Ypsilanti Sentinel published from the 1840s until it merged to form the above Commercial in 1865. 

Ypsilanti Daily Press, published from 1905-1920.

The Ypsilantian, published from 1880-1912.

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5 thoughts on “Second Baptist Newspaper Articles

  1. tI’m so EXCITED. On the picture of Second Baptist Choir is my aunt Hazel, Rev Garther Roberson, Mrs. Agusta Kersey and Mrs. Burnett among others whom I knew .

  2. thank you so much for your work. I had been looking for years for my great, great grandfather Rev. James Derrick. I am looking for more information for him and his wife, and children.

    • I am doing research on the General Baptist State Convention and the Eastern Progressive Baptist District of Detroit and Vicinity and Rev. J. O. Derrick’s name keeps popping up . I think he may have started both of these organizations but the info is sketchy. If you have any information you could share, I would be appreciative

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