REV. FREDERICK DOUGLAS
Pastor of Bethel Church,
Corner Druid Hill Avenue and Lanvale Street
Born in Edwardsville, Ill., February 19. 1972. Was
educated in the public schools of Edwardsville, gra-
duating from the high schools of Edwardsville in
1887; became a teacher in the public schools, and
later moved to Southern Illinois and was made prin-
cipal of the Schools of Hodges Park, where he served
for eleven years. He was also Principal of the Public
Schools of Carrier-Mills, Ill., and the first principal
of the Colored High School of Marion, Ill. For
twenty-five years he has been actively engaged in
School work in his native State.
He has also been in the Ministry fourteen years,
his first appointment being at Edieth-Chapel, where
he rebuilt the Church and paid it out of debt.
He was then appointed to the Pastorate at Harrisburg, Ill., where he remodeled
the church and paid the entire debt'
While stationed at Harrisburg, Carrier-Mills, a thriving little mining town, was
attached, and Rev. Douglas built here a beautiful stone church, purchased two
beautiful lots and paid the entire cost of property and building.
After four successful years at Harrisburg, during which time the church was
taken out of the missionary list and made one of the best charges in the District,
he was appointed to the Pastorate of Marion, Ill. , a circuit comprising Marion
and Dew-Maine Here during his four years' service he built two churches and
a splendid parsonage; purchased two additional lots for the Marion people, and not
only paid the entire debt but also paid the Marion church out of the building and
loan—an obligation of $800.
He was then assigned to the historic Ward's-Chapel at Cairo, Ill. the best charge
in the Illinois annual Conference, and the head of the Cairo Presiding Elder District
Here he remodeled the church and par-
sonage at a cost of $2,500, and paid for
the same. Was elected to the Secretary-
ship of Wilberforce University; but de-
clined to accept the position, believing the
Divine Call to the Ministry of greater im-
portance than any other calling in the
In November 1917 the beautiful church
at Cario was destroyed by fire, and the
following March work was begun on the
present magnificent $50,000 structure,
which was completed just a few months
prior to Rev. Douglas' appointment to
Bethel this City.
It may be of interest to say that he laid
the foundation for the new Ward Chapel
at Cairo, March 25, 1918, and completed
the building worth $50,000 leaving only
$5,900 to be paid on the entire endebted-
ness by his successor.
Rev. Douglas has launched a great fin-
ancial campaign to free Bethel of her
$12,000 burden, and plans to give the con-
nection its most beautiful church free from
debt by November 22.
REV. FREDERICK DOUGLAS