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January 5, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
Three days before Christmas, the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, the ousted pastor of Zion Baptist Church, filed a lawsuit against the historic church of the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, seeking $50,000 and reinstatement as pastor. The suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the congregation from having a second vote, scheduled for Jan. 9, on whether Prince should return. In the Dec. 22 filing, Prince asks Common Pleas Court to overturn the July 2014 vote, saying that he "was pastor of Zion Baptist Church from January 2012 until he was illegally removed on July 12, 2014.
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February 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SEVEN MONTHS after congregants of Zion Baptist Church voted to fire the Rev. Carl A. Prince, a faction that had supported him filed a lawsuit yesterday against the church's board of trustees, its chairman and its deacon board. The lawsuit demands that an $18 million bond deal to renovate Zion Gardens apartments be stopped and that a forensic audit be completed of all finances of the North Philadelphia church. The suit also asks that Prince be reinstated and that Zion trustee chairman Ronald Harper be prevented from handling or disposing of any church assets or books.
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November 9, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Rev. James Pollard, pastor of Zion Baptist Church, said that the main focus of his church throughout its 100-year history had been to be a place of solace for the African American community of Ardmore. "It's our business to be relevant to the community and the people we serve," said Mr. Pollard. "We have been a source of economic and social uplift and a place for people to come to escape the racism they may face in their everyday lives. " A yearlong series of events has been planned to celebrate the church's centennial, culminating in the publication of a pictorial history of the church and the opening of the cornerstone in October 1995 to retrieve the artifacts that were placed there when the church was built in 1899.
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September 19, 1988 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Gus Roman knows who he is - and who he is not. He is not the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan. Nor does he want to be, although he now occupies the pulpit that Mr. Sullivan filled for 38 years. "There's only one Rev. Sullivan . . .," Mr. Roman said in an interview last week. "Each one of us, we have to do what we're capable of doing. " The new pastor of Zion Baptist Church said he felt no nervousness about succeeding Mr. Sullivan, who rose to international prominence by preaching a message of economic self-help to the black community and creating programs to implement it. Mr. Sullivan retired at the end of June.
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December 21, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ELIZABETH MALBY
Mourners filled Zion Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for a funeral service for Councilman Herbert DeBeary, who died Wednesday. DeBeary, 59, was elected to represent the Eighth District in 1992.
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August 24, 1995 | YONG KIM/ DAILY NEWS
Hundreds of mourners paid their to state Rep. David Richardson at a viewing last night at Zion Baptist Church in North Philadelphia. Richardson, who was serving his 12th term in the state House, died at age 47 of a heart attack last Friday. Former Gov. Robert P. Casey was among those paying respects to the longtime representative.
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August 13, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ELIZABETH CATHERINE Ellis was such an outstanding cook that her family said her name should have been on The Joy of Cooking as a co-author. Maybe Elizabeth's culinary artistry would never have been in a best-selling cookbook, but it was sure appreciated by family, friends and her church. Zion Baptist Church used those skills to help raise funds when her delicious meals were put up for sale at money-raising events over the years. Elizabeth Ellis, who worked for many years as a private housekeeper for a family to which she became a "second mom" to the children, a dedicated traveler and a loyal friend to neighbors on her Southwest Philadelphia block, died Aug. 5. She was 95. The friendly and charming Elizabeth, called "Cousin Liz" by family and friends, helped anchor the 5700 block of Pemberton Street.
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February 29, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
DID YOU EVER have the feeling that some people to whom you were pouring your heart out weren't really listening? It would not have been that way if you were talking to Margaretta Elizabeth Jones. She had that rare commodity in today's hectic society - a listening ear. She not only listened, she was there with compassionate understanding and good advice that made those who confided in her feel better about themselves and restore their faith in humanity. Margaretta Jones, whose working life included the old Wanamaker Department Store, the Philadelphia Tribune and the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium, a world traveler and active churchwoman, died Feb. 21. She was 87 and was living at the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments for seniors, in Center City.
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March 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Alice Foster Short, 79, of Philadelphia, who was revered because of the leadership role she played at her church, died Thursday, March 6, of cancer at her home. Mrs. Short was active, until her death, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg. Although she was addressed as "Reverend," she did not have a doctor of divinity degree. Instead, she earned an advanced degree in Bible studies from Manna Bible Institute in Philadelphia. Mrs. Short retired in 1988 after working for 30 years as a secretary for the Philadelphia Board of Education.
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January 11, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
ACOMMON PLEAS judge has ruled that a second vote on whether the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, should keep his job as pastor of Zion Baptist Church can go on as scheduled today. The vote is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, Broad and Venango streets. After a 2 1/2-hour hearing yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright Padilla denied Prince's motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction to block the vote and reinstate him as pastor. "No matter what I do, a large group of people are not going to be happy," Padilla said before ruling.
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January 11, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
Members of Zion Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly Saturday against reinstating the Rev. A. Carl Prince as pastor of the historic North Philadelphia church. The vote was 298-54, with three ballots declared invalid. Church members had complained that soon after Prince arrived at Zion, he began behaving as a "dictator" and was often rude and arrogant in speaking to members. A four-page "Letter to the Joint Board," presented by deacons to a board of officers, outlined dozens of complaints from members who said that Prince "closed off three rooms" in the church for his exclusive use, that he spent large sums renovating his office, and that he began charging $300 in cash for funerals on top of the normal fee. Ballots were cast between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday according to a detailed procedure worked out in a court-approved settlement in September between several Zion members who had sued to challenge the July 2014 vote that ousted Prince and church officials.
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January 8, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
A COMMON PLEAS judge is expected tomorrow to hear a request by the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince for an injunction to block a second vote on his employment at Zion Baptist Church. The hearing comes one day before Saturday's scheduled revote. In a filing to stop the vote and be reinstated, Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, alleged that the July 12, 2014, vote that dismissed him was illegal because members were not given three months' notice as called for by the church's bylaws. The complaint said Prince signed a contract or "covenant" when he was hired in January 2012 requiring that prior to a vote, "there must be full disclosure to the church of the facts on which the termination is based.
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January 5, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987 On Twitter: @ValerieRussDN
THREE DAYS BEFORE Christmas, the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, the ousted pastor of Zion Baptist Church, filed a lawsuit against the historic church of the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, seeking $50,000 and reinstatement as pastor. The suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the congregation from having a second vote, scheduled for Jan. 9, on whether Prince should return. In the Dec. 22 filing, Prince asks Common Pleas Court to overturn the July 2014 vote, saying that he "was pastor of Zion Baptist Church from January 2012 until he was illegally removed on July 12, 2014.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Sunday service at Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, the Triple Nickle Association invited those assembled downstairs to honor a special corps of men who served their country long ago. The all-black paratroopers unit was created by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The men became known as the 555th Infantry, or the "Triple Nickles. " While not one of the originals, Pfc. Malvin Brown was among this band of paratrooper enlistees, serving during World War II. The 24-year-old Lower Merion native was one of 300 black paratroopers deployed in 1945 on a secret mission dubbed "Operation Firefly," their first assignment.
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February 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of Zion Baptist Church filed suit Thursday against the church officers in the latest salvo of a long battle that has pitted member against member in the North Philadelphia church best known for the legacy of a former pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan. The 51-page lawsuit, filed in Common Pleas Court, alleges that the church treasurer, the clerk, and the chairmen of the trustee and deacons boards, along with other board members, have not been good stewards of the church's assets.
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February 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SEVEN MONTHS after congregants of Zion Baptist Church voted to fire the Rev. Carl A. Prince, a faction that had supported him filed a lawsuit yesterday against the church's board of trustees, its chairman and its deacon board. The lawsuit demands that an $18 million bond deal to renovate Zion Gardens apartments be stopped and that a forensic audit be completed of all finances of the North Philadelphia church. The suit also asks that Prince be reinstated and that Zion trustee chairman Ronald Harper be prevented from handling or disposing of any church assets or books.
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January 17, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 50 years ago, Zion Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan, the "Lion of Zion," created a roaring economic engine designed to empower African Americans through self-help, job training, and community investment. These days, no one would describe one of the pillars of Sullivan's vision, the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, as roaring. Floors in OIC's five-story building on North Broad Street, which once housed OIC programs, are leased to tenants, including two charter schools, and there's plenty of space on the main floor OIC occupies.
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November 29, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a child, Sara Clarice Mosley Pettiford cultivated a passion for teaching by playing school with her dolls as pupils. A lifelong educator, world traveler, and faithful church member, Mrs. Pettiford, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 23, of complications from Alzheimer's at Arbor Terrace at Chestnut Hill. She was born in Bellefonte, in central Pennsylvania, and attended public schools; she was the only black student in her senior class. Her school counselor did not encourage her to continue her education, but Mrs. Pettiford knew that she was expected to follow in the footsteps of her parents, both of whom attended college - not common for blacks in the early 1900s.
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