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Vol.xxxvill No.49 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, August 2, 2012
Rev. JJt. Samuels was 87.
BY LAYLA GARMS
The community lost two giants last weekend.
Both Rev. Joseph R. Samuels, pastor emeritus
of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, and
Roland "Sonny" Smith Watts, a well known artist
and former chair of the Fine Arts Department at
Winston-Salem State University, passed away on
Samuels, 87, was installed as pastor at St.
Stephen Baptist in 19S8, and guided the church for
? live decades. Under
his leadership, St.
including a relocation
Boulevard to a $3.7 1
million facility at
5000 Noble St.,
which opened on
June 23, 1991.
Samuels was also
launching a Sunday
on WSMX radio and
changing the church's
name from St.
Stephen Baptist to St.
Stephen Missionary Baptist in 2007, according to
the church's Web site.
"(Current St. Stephen) Pastor James E. Cook
and the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church
Family celebrate the life, legacy and accomplish
ments of Dr. J. R. Samuels as a pastor, preacher,
teacher, visionary and dynamic leader," reads a
statement from St. Stephen. "Pastor Cook is proud
to stand on the shoulders of such a giant man of
God. Dr. Samuels' contributions have left an
indelible mark on, not just the community of
Winston-Salem, but the State of North Carolina."
Samuels' death came just one week before
Mount Olive Baptist Church was slated to hold J.R.
Samuels Day, an annual program honoring the pas
tor. Mt. Olive Pastor Dr. Charles Gray attended St.
Stephen briefly in the 1970s before becoming a
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Legacy of 'Katie B' saluted
Hospital that served blacks for decades gets historical recognition
BY TODD LUCK 1
A once trusted medical facility that
provided care for generations of African
Americans in East Winston has received
long overdue recognition.
A kirtnnnnl mnaJrav iiinn
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dedicated Saturday for Kate
Bitting Reynolds Memorial
Hospital, at the intersection
of North Cleveland Avenue
and East Seventh Street,
where the facility had stood
Dozens of attendees sat
under the shade provided by
trees beside the
Malloy/Jordan East Winston
Heritage Center on the hot
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faces the site of the former hospital.
A long list of speakers praised and
reminisced about the hospital, which was
affectionally known as "Katie B."
"Katie B was bom August the 10th,
1938 and Katie B. died January 16th,
1970," said Dr. Willard McCloud, a
retired physician who worked there. "It
was born in controversy; it lived in con
'frdVersy, and it died in controversy. But
during the 32 years of its existence, it
performed very well despite its inabili
When the hospital was founded,
black patients were housed and treated in
the north wing of the City
Memorial Hospital, which
closed in 1964, and could only
be treated by white physicians.
Local black doctors, who
weren't allowed to treat their
patients in the hospital
because of segregation, staged
a sit-in in protest of the policy
on the steps of City Hall.
Dr. Harvey Allen, a retired
physician and surgeon who
also worked at Katie B,
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rcmemoerea now nis iamer,
Dr. H.T. Allen, who was president of the
Ttoin City Medical Society, brought the
issue before the mayor and City Council.
"My daddy went downtown and
talked to the mayor," recalled Allen. "He
said 'Mr. Mayor, the city of Winston
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Photos by Lay la Garms
Imam Irs had
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greatly to the
Faithful helping others while fasting
BY LAYLA GARMS
Winston-Salem resident Jerry
McLeese is helping to change the
way local citizens view religion.
What began as an intellectual
conversation about other reli
gions between the Anderson,
S.C.-native and fellow members
of the Ardmore United
Methodist's Faith In Action
group grew into a burning desire
to build bridges across faith lines
and invite people of diverse faith
communities to get to know each
other's traditions and beliefs like
never before. McLeese shared
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across the city, and
before long, Interfaith
to take shape. The
leadership from people
of many faiths, from
Hindu to secular.
"Over 100 people
have helped shape the
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doing and a very broad range of
faith traditions have been
involved in it," said McLeese. a
retired public relations firm
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some things that have
community service ele
ments, but education
really is our focus. The
idea is if people can
understand each other,
they can have more
respect for each other."
The group is plan
ning a slate of activities
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the year, beginning with the
"Fast With Us So Others May
Eat" project, which is co-spon
sored by Interfaith and three
local mosques: Masjid Al
Muminun, Community Mosque
of Winston-Salem and Annorr
Islamic Center in Clemmons.
"We wanted to do something
for each of three major holidays
of the Abrahamic religions:
Islam, Christianity and Judaism,
and Islam was the first to have
that holiday coming up,"
McLeese explained. "We wanted
to have a way to invite people to
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On the Stump
Photo by Layla Garms
Ll. Gov. Walter Dalton speaks to local supporters at the Forsyth County
Democratic Headquarters last week about his desire to become the next
governor. Read more on page A2.
RJR stadium plan met with resistance
BY LAYLA GARMS
To build or not to build?
The proposed football stadium for RJ.
Reynolds High School adjacent to Hanes
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debate that seemingly
has everyone in the
community arguing the
pros and cons of that
A group of boosters
have begun soliciting
private dollars to con
struct a 4,500-seat sta
Bryson Gymnasium and Wiley Middle
School. The proposed facility would
include a combined fieldhouse and gymna
sium that would replace Wiley's aging
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