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Rev Edward Randolph Carter

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Rev Edward Randolph Carter

  • Birth 15 Mar 1856 Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 8 Jun 1944 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 10391031

Minister, writer, editor and social activist. Pastored for more than 60 years the oldest African-American congregation in Atlanta, Georgia, Friendship Baptist Church. Throughout his ministerial career, Dr. Carter was long considered the dean of Atlanta ministers by white and black minsters alike. All admired, revered and respected him as the wisest among them. Born a slave in Georgia, he came to Atlanta in 1879 and entered the Atlanta Baptist Seminary (now Morehouse College), where he supported himself as a shoemaker. In 1892, Dr. Carter was elected pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. During his long pastorate of the celebrated church, he received numerous efforts to accept the pastorate of other famous churches. His eloquence and wisdom, together with his excellent preparation in theology, cause him to be in great demand in America and foreign pulpits. A well traveled and successful administrator, Dr. Carter increased the church's membership at one time to some 2000. He helped found Atlanta's Spelman College, whose first classes were held in the church's basement. He also was one of the founders of the Baptist World Alliance, founded in London in 1905; and he served on the Executive Committee of the Alliance until failing health forced him to retire. He became a trustee of Morehouse College in 1898 and secretary of the Board in 1900. Dr. Carter directed the construction of a home for the aged. Following his death a school (E. R. Carter Elementary) was named in his honor.


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  • Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 28 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10391031
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Edward Randolph Carter (15 Mar 1856–8 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10391031, citing South View Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Jackson (contributor 46552524) .