LA Freedmen Missionary General Association one of the
oldest Christian organizations in the state. It was
constituted in the city of New Orleans in 1869 by Elder
Thos. Peterson, its founder, and others. It was
incorporated June 16th, 1880. These veterans organized
it with only seven churches, but at this writing,
Moderator Brown and his followers praise God for sixty
churches. Not only have they won stars for their crowns
by doing church work, but by maintaining and supporting
an Old Folks Home in which they have cared for scores of
our old mothers. No race will live long that neglects
its old and its young people. This Association, like the
First District and a few others, is nobly living up to
that phase of Christian religion which makes it BINDING
to "visit the fatherless and widows in their
affliction." Their asylum for the old people is a nice,
large, commodious building valued at $5,000. It has a
campus comprising 19 lots with a value of $10,000,
making a total valuation of $15,000.
The association's present membership is 3,000,
and under the undaunted leadership of Moderator Brown
this number will grow numerically, morally and
spiritually. Bishop Brown is comparatively young in the
work, but under God he has more than made good, and with
his able staff of officers promises to do much more by
way of bettering conditions in the city of New Orleans.
The Association's first Executive Board was as
follows: Elders Tom Peterson, Charles Brooks, T. B.
Evans, Palmer Elkins, Thomas Jones, Brothers Joseph Kion
and Wm. Kelley.
The present 1912 corps of officers and Executive
Board follows: Bishop E. L. Brown, Moderator; Bishop N.
Melrow, Vice Moderator; Bishop A. Guilliott,
Corresponding Secretary; Bishop E. N. Webb, Recording
Secretary; Bishop B. J. Stewart, Statistical Secretary,
and Bishop R. W. Williams, Treasurer. Board Members:
Brothers G. S. King, Wm. Brown, Robert Rush, James
Roberson, Arthur James R. Carter, J. Thomas, C. V.
Thomas, E. Scott, E. Washington, D. D. Marcell, C.
Barber, Robert Riley and Sister Mamie Willis.