1922: Chicken and Waffle Dinner

Under the “Personal and Social News Items” section in the Harrisburg Telegraph August 11, 1922   Miss Rachel Flowers Hostess at Summer Home Miss Rachel H. Flowers, of Brandtsville, entertained at a chicken and waffle dinner at her country home. The guest included: Mrs. Lucie Arrington, Mrs. Smith, Miss. Rebecca Scott, Miss Gladyce Flowers, Mrs. Hilda […]

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Reading Images in the Archives

Rachel Flowers, Messiah College Archives This was the first image I encountered of Rachel Flowers a decade ago (a WHOLE DECADE AGO). It was my first semester of college and I noticed the image while doing a course assignment in the library. Messiah College recently celebrated its centennial anniversary and posters honoring the institution’s multicultural century […]

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Rachel’s Journey to Messiah.

Been gone for a minute. I will post soon about an update on the graduate program and life, but for now we will start where I left off–my research on Rachel H. Flowers. Over the next few weeks, I am slowly updating older post and changing the look of the blog. So stay tune for […]

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“Greenview Dwelling”: Discovering the Flowers Family’s Home

In the early twentieth-century, Rachel Flowers was a Black socialite in the Harrisburg and Philadelphia region. Her parties attracted members of the Black middle class and due to her educational activism, also educators from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and even Bermuda. When her events were hosted in Harrisburg, news articles referred to her country […]

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Differing Opinions: Segregation in Philadelphia’s Public Schools During the 1930s

As I complete the second chapter of my thesis, I re-read Rachel’s articles published in the Philadelphia Tribune between 1931-1933. Her eloquence, her writing, and her activism is always worth admiring. In her first article, “What Have You to Say?: A System that Breeds Prejudice, she directed her argument against a previous article written by Jas […]

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And They Were the First: A Look Into the First African American Students to Attend Christian Colleges and Universities

College graduation-May 2014 We all attended our alma maters for certain reasons. I wanted a school as far away from NC as possible. Hence, I went to a college about 430 miles away from home. I began my college “career” as a biology, pre-med major and somehow graduated with a degree in history and politics. The greatest […]

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Part Three: The Flowers Family and The Black Church

Harry Flowers —-/—-Nancy Sawyer | ———————————————————————————— Chauncey  Fred  John  Rachel  Theodore  Vincent  Gladyce  Hilda Philadelphia In West Philadelphia born and raised…perhaps not the best introduction; however, the young women of the Flowers family did call Philadelphia home following their father’s death. For Rachel and Gladyce, Wesley AME Zion became their spiritual home during the late 1920s. […]

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