David J. Gilmer papers, ca. 1937-1945.

Creator: Gilmer, David J., b. ca. 1880.
Collection number: 4337
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Abstract: David J. Gilmer was an A.M.E. Zion minister and director in the 1930s and 1940s of Trinity Mission, Greensboro, N.C., a shelter for the homeless. Scattered items relating to Gilmer’s activities, primarily the operation of Trinity Mission. Most items are brief letters, many of them by Gilmer to the editor of the “Greensboro Daily News.” Also included are newspaper columns by Gilmer, records of contributions to Trinity Mission and an annual report on the shelter, and a copy of an article about Gilmer and Trinity Mission.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence, writings, and other materials of Gilmer, African Methodist Episcopal Zion minister and director of the Trinity Mission, Greensboro, North Carolina, a shelter for the destitute in the 1930s and 1940s. The collection contains many “letters to the editor” for publication in the Greensboro Daily News in which Gilmer discusses racism, the treatment of mulattoes, interracial cooperation, social welfare, and other concerns about African Americans in Greensboro (1937-1945). Gilmer’s other writings address immortality, race relations, and African-American education (1940-1944).