In August I had emailed Sandy Dwayne Martin, the author of the book, For God and Race, requesting guidance on accessing archival materials of the AME Zion in the light of the closure of the Walls Heritage Center at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. Since a bulk of Dr. Martin's research was conducted at the Walls Center, I had hoped that he might be able to share some of his gleanings related the Bishop Dr. Hood's missionary activities in the rural areas of Craven County.
Just last week I received a reply from Dr. Martin, giving me several leads and contacts, for which I am greatly appreciative. However, his personal research
". . . did not focus very much on the communities and churches which Bishop Hood founded or in which he operated."So, the three leads he recommended are on the top of my list for this week's correspondence:
- Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC;
- Church School Literature Department of the AMEZ Church; and,
- Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Fayetteville, NC (Bishop Hood's home church).