Monday, February 20, 2006

A view of United Church from the Quaker community

An October 10, 1988, oral history interview with Phyllis Tyler provides a view of United Church (Community UCC's predecessor church) in the 1950s and early 1960s from the perspective of a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker).  Most of our documentation of the time describes public events and people, but without providing much insight into what it was like to act publicly for civil rights.  Ms. Tyler's interview includes anecdotes of the risks and consequences of the actions taken by civil rights activists.

The interview does include a few transcription errors or omissions.

Transcription errors or clarifications
The housing development is RICH Park (Raleigh InterChurch Housing), not Ridge Park.  RICH Park Housing Congregations are Community United Church of Christ, Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, Davie Street Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church (Wilmington Street), Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh.  Read more about RICH Park here.

Method Day Care did expand beyond the space provided by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church; it is now Method Child Development Center on Method Road.

The United Church minister is the Rev. Collins Kilburn, not Carlos.

After United Church moved to the corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail, it merged with First Evangelical and Reformed Congregation and became Community United Church of Christ.

The member exchange was between United Church and First Congregational Church.

The Kings are Cyrus and Carolyn, not Cyress.