Eureka moment

There it was, the name I was looking for: “Alphonso DeWitt”. Written in flowing pencil script in the First African Baptist Church records dated June 9, 1907. Five hours of research had paid off. One of the founding members of the Old South Quartette, DeWitt was reputedly the finest basso singer in Richmond. Sadly, he suffered a stroke resulting in facial paralysis and would never sing again. This page records him being baptized and received into the congregation just months after the stroke. Pictured below are Sandra Brownlee and Deborah Booker of First African Baptist who so kindly gave up their Saturday to help me navigate the archives.

016 Sandra Brownlee & Deborah Booker


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