My grandmother is pictured third from the left, I first saw this picture in October when I went on my research trip to Alabama. While I was visiting I went to my grandmother’s church and attended a Sunday church service. I noticed in the hallway a few pictures and lo and behold I see this one. This picture was probably taken in the the 1960s, I am not sure if this was the choir picture or just some of the female members of the church, either way, I was happy to see it. I just think if I wouldn’t have visited and attended the church service I might have never seen this picture. I encourage everyone to visit your ancestral communities, you never know what you might discover or uncover.
Below are some pictures of my recent visit to the historical Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia for more information on the church it’s history visit motherbethel.org
My grandmother Artensie “Tense” Wesley was the second eldest child born to Lonnie Wesley and Mary Jane Burgess in Natchez, Monroe County, Alabama. Artensie moved to Bay Minette, Alabama in the early 1940s where she and her husband Jesse Cox raised four children. Once moving to Bay Minette she became a devoted and active member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Artensie served as a Sunday school teacher, and would later become the president of the Senior Choir and member of the Senior Missionary Department. Artensie assisted in establishing “The Young Women’s Club”. The Church now has a “Family and Friends Day” which also bears her name.
Artensie Wesley Cox
This past Sunday Jan. 12th, in honor of my grandmother Artensie, her church Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its 1oth year anniversary of their Family & Friends Day Celebration. I wasn’t able to attend but my cousin took a couple pics of the program and shared it with the family that was not able to make it.