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Reverend George F. Martin Papers

Identifier: harsh-2000-06

Scope and Contents

The correspondence series contains letters between Bishop Henry Blanton Parks (1859-1936) dating from 1926 to 1933 shedding light on their friendship and work in the A.M.E. Church. Bishop Parks was very influential in the A.M.E. Church organization and known for his administrative and fundraising abilities. Many of the photographs are on the parsonage at the Cain-Grant A.M.E. Church.


  • 1901-1972


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Biographical / Historical

George F. Martin was born in Jackson County, Missouri in 1884. He was educated in Missouri and was one of the earliest graduates of Lincoln High School in 1901. He married Myrtle L. Martin in 1911. He was elected to be a ministerial delegate from the Puget Sound area to the 26th General Conference of the A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, Missouri. That next year he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montana Wesleyan College in Helena, Montana. In 1924, he was accepted into the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. In 1926, he became the president of Flipper Key Davis College in Tullahassee, Oklahoma. Flipper Key Davis College was the only private higher level education institution for African Americans in Oklahoma. The school closed in 1935. He also served as dean of the former Bishop William School of Religion in Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. George F. Martin pastored three A.M.E. Churches in Kansas: Trinity A.M.E. Church, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church and Cain-Grant A.M.E. Church. Rev. George F. Martin, D.D. died in 1974.

This collection was donated by Chestine Allen, foster daughter to Reverend and Mrs. George F. Martin. Ms. Allen was highly active in the Ebenezer AME Church and after she lost her mother in 1947 developed a close relationship with Pastor Martin. She lived in the parsonage and helped them while they paid for her education. She later became a teacher in the Chicago Public School system and a member of the Patricia Liddell Researchers, an African American genealogy organization.


1 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes including 35 photographs and 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The papers of the Rev. George Martin, D.D., an A.M.E. minister originally from Kansas City, Missouri, were donated by his daughter, Chestine Warfield Allen. Martin was sent in 1916 to serve A.M.E. congregations in the Pacific Northwest, where he was a pastor in Portland, Oregon, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. He later returned to Kansas City as a pastor and was influential in the A.M.E. church nationally. His papers include correspondence, photographs and memorabilia.


This collection is divided into 3 series: Biography, Correspondence, and Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Chestine Allen in 2000

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

  • Carter Temple C.M.E. Church Archives
  • Patricia Liddell Researchers (PLR) Archives
  • Prince Hall Freemasonry Archives
  • Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church Archives

Reverend George F. Martin Papers
Beverly A. Cook
April 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Repository

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