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Painting the GospelBlack Public Art and Religion in Chicago$
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Kymberly N. Pinder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039928

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039928.001.0001

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Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden

First Church of Deliverance and Its Media Ministry

(p.51) Chapter 2 Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden
Painting the Gospel

Kymberly N. Pinder

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Frederick D. Jones's murals that form a central part of the media ministry of the First Church of Deliverance (FCOD). FCOD's charismatic founder Clarence Henry Cobbs was the forerunner of Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, and other notable megachurch televangelists of the last two decades. In 1934 he became one of the first African American church leaders to broadcast his sermons on the radio and in 1953 the very first to do so on television. In 1939 he commissioned the black architect Walter T. Bailey to renovate FCOD, a converted hat factory, and hired Jones to paint a set of murals that emphasized the inclusive and progressive aspect of his urban church. In 1946 Jones painted Neighborhood People Flocking to the Lord in the foyer of FCOD. Jones meticulously represents key themes of the FCOD ministry, such as class diversity and inclusivity, and specific aspects of the Spiritualist service and the church's interior. This chapter considers FCOD's founding, architecture, and gospel music before discussing Jones's murals.

Keywords:   murals, Frederick D. Jones, media ministry, First Church of Deliverance, Clarence Henry Cobbs, televangelists, Walter T. Bailey, architecture, gospel music

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