Bishop W. P. Thirkield, D. D., of New Orleans, La., will hold a Mass Meeting, September 26, 1917, at corner of Howard and Gibbs streets in the interest of the. colored people of the South, setting forth what can be done on the farm, in the home, cities, churches and the schools for the general welfare of our people. The meeting will be held at 2:30 P. M. and 8 P. M. We will exhibit farm products, needle work, sewing, canning, etc. and demonstrate how our people can easily better their condition, which will no doubt solve the labor and many other problems. We invite our white citizens and ask them to co-operate with us to make it a success.
F. A. Gray, F.H. Hawkins, Willis Nero, Directors.
From The Greenwood Enterprise, September 21, 1917
The Wesley Chapel M. E. Church (colored), Saturday night and Sunday raised $1200 in a protracted meeting for the erection of a new church on Howard and Henry. Rev. H. B. Hart, pastor, says that work will be begun just as soon as the preliminary plans can be arranged.
From The Commonwealth, April 3, 1918
Yesterday was a busy day for the City Fire Departments. They answered six calls during the day, two of them being false alarms.
The colored Methodist Church at the intersection of Gibbs and Howard streets burned to the ground yesterday morning about 8:30 o'clock. The building caught on fire from a defective flue just after a fire had been started in the stove for the morning church service. The person who turned in the alarm could not get Central to answer for some time, according to the firemen, and when they reached the scene the flames had gained such headway that it was impossible to check them. The building was entirely destroyed and the loss is estimated at about $7,000.
From The Commonwealth, January 7, 1920
The public library of the Wesley Episcopal Church was open to the public yesterday. This library is a part of the community service planned for the Negroes of Greenwood by this church.
The church is just completing a $50,000 building which will be used as a combined church and community service building.
Besides the library it is contemplated that the building will contain a gymnasium and later domestic science courses will be conducted.
Rev. H. B. Hart, Pastor of the church, plans to have this church become a force for the improvement of the Negroes of the community.
From The Greenwood Daily Commonwealth, April 15, 1922