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Washington Cabinet Cards Incl. First Pastor of Spokane St. Paul's AME Church, George W. White, circa 1893

Lot of 2 cabinet cards from Washington, comprising: 

Cabinet card studio full-length portrait of a gentleman. [A.D.] Rogers: Olympia, Washington Territory, n.d., 1895. Imprint on recto. The subject leans against an upholstered chair, crossing his legs. He wears a dark 3-piece suit with a pocket square and a watch fob visible. He also wears a ring on his last finger and a hat. 

Cabinet card studio full-length portrait of a man identified as Reverend George W. White wearing a top hat. [Delwin C.] Canfield & Gulick: Spokane, [Washington], n.d., circa 1893. Post & Sprague Sts. imprint on recto. The man is posed next to a faux column and stairs. He wears a dark overcoat and top hat with a watch fob visible. Pencil inscription to the verso identifies the subject as: "Rev. Geo. W. White, 1st Pastor, St. Pauls A.M.E. Church now (Bethel) of Spokane)." The Reverend White is listed as the pastor of St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal church in the 1890 Spokane directory. 

St. Pauls AME, now Bethel AME Church, was the second traditionally Black church in Washington, founded in 1890 only shortly after Calvary Baptist Church also in Spokane. St. Pauls was founded by Reverend A.C. Augustus who was sent by the California diocese who installed Reverend George W. White as the first pastor. The community first met at the home of Mrs. D.F.C. Washington on South 7th St. The church served as a community nucleus for the sizeable Black population of Spokane which had grown considerably in the 1880s thanks to both coal mining and railroad jobs. The populations had increased from just 180 people in 1880 to over 1600 by 1890. 

Condition:

George White - soiled and toned, with dampstain to mount.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$375
12/03/2020

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