J. L. Anthony
3118 Doyle Street
J .L. Anthony was born in Dickson County, Tennessee, September 11th, 1867, and obeyed the gospel in 1894, and was baptized by Elder James Gant, of Centerville, Tennessee. He began to preach the same year with much success, he says, establishing the first congregation in McEwin, Tennessee. In 1903 he went to Centerville, Tennessee, and built up the work there, completing a building that was started for a place of worship. In 1916 he went to Mt. Pleasant, a mission field and built a fine work there. At an elders' meeting, held at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in 1910, he was recommended by G. P. Bowser, S. W. Womack, Alexander Campbell, J. W. Woods, and others to Brother Daniel Sommers (white) of Indianapolis, Indiana, who helped him to establish the first work for the cause of Christ in the North. He says Brother Sommers and wife helped in every way they could, and the first congregation was established in 1911. In 1914 he was recommended to Brother F. L. Rowe, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who willingly gave his support to establish a work for Christ there. He baptized only six and found five others which was the beginning of the first worship in Cincinnati among Colored after the order of the New Testament. He was called to Detroit, Michigan, in 1917, where he baptized two and found four more and began the work there. The following year he held a meeting there which resulted in five more baptisms. In 1923 he went to the Highland Park section and opened up the work there, and then to Pontiac, Michigan, where he started another work and left Brother Odie McGill in charge. In 1924 he began the work in Toledo, Ohio, of which he is now laboring. In 1932 he set in order the work both in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, leaving Brother Roy Roberson in charge of the Dayton work. Such men as Brother Anthony are the backbone of the work that has been done for the spreading of the gospel here on earth. They have set a high standard for young ministers for which they should be very grateful.
WISE SAYING: "Our faith in Christ is tested by both success and adversity, by happiness, and sorrow. In times of prosperity and happiness the grave danger is, that we may become so engrossed in our own affairs that we may forget God. In times of adversity and sorrow, there is danger that in our hearts we may blame God for our troubles and will therefore allow ourselves to fall into the attitude of failing to trust Him." --- Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ, by Annie C. Tuggle, 1945, pp. 14-15.
History of the First Black Church of Christ in Indianapolis
The first black congregation of the Church of Christ in Indianapolis began in 1917 in the home of Brother Milo Jones on old Chicago Street, now Edgemont Avenue. The next location was at 2441 Paris Avenue in the home of Brother and Sister Sam Works. The ministers at that time were Brother J.L. Anthony, Bro. W.C. Amos, and Brother Albert Elmore. These men were largely responsible for the growth of the Church during that time.
Toledo To Build
Sam Ford, 563 Orondale Avenue Toledo, Ohio: "J. L. Anthony is leading in the work of raising funds for erecting a building for the church here. If any who read this are interested in helping in this work all donations should be addressed to J. L. Anthony, 3118 Doyle Avenue, Toledo Ohio." --Gospel Advocate, Sept. 1, 1938.
J. L. Anthony has been successful in gathering a few to worship in Dayton, Ohio. They pay eight dollars a month rent at 1832 Home Avenue, and have paid thirty-five dollars for their seats. But they need help to carry on. Let us help them. The white brethren there are helping some. Send to S. J. White, 1515 Viola Street, Dayton, Ohio. --Gospel Advocate, Oct. 27, 1932, 1172.
When P. B. May visited West Indianapolis in 1903 he reported, "This congregation is strictly sound in the faith and is satisfied with the simplicity of the gospel of Christ."19 Two years later when a visitor attended here, he noted that a good number of the brothers and sisters take part in the service.20After his visit to the city in 1911, S. W. Womack noted there were only two white congregations in the city. Womack had come to visit with the black work, which had been established when J. L. Anthony arrived from Tennessee to do mission work among this race. The black work showed some growth, for when Bowser visited the city in May 1917 the congregation was meeting at 2430 North Western Avenue (21). --Earl West, Search for Ancient Order, vol. 3.