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About this collection

The Claude and ZerNona Black Papers were acquired by the Coates Library in October 2011.  The collection is approximately 100 cubic feet, and documents the civil rights, civic activism, and Baptist ministry of Reverend Claude William Black, Jr. (1916-2009) and his wife, ZerNona Stewart Black (1906-2005) in San Antonio, Texas.  The documents span the years from the early 1900s through 2009, and include ministry work with of Mount Zion First Baptist Church, where Reverend Black served as minister for over 49 years;   handwritten and typed manuscripts and recordings related to sermons, memorial services, and explorations of religious doctrine and community service;  daily agendas, scrapbooks, photographs, event brochures, political ephemera;  newspaper clippings about city council and participation in city events; correspondence with local and national figures of social and political importance, including Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, and Lyndon Baines Johnson; funeral programs, neighborhood publications,  and memorabilia that reveal the history of the African American community in San Antonio and its place in the national civil rights movement.


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