Fellow Itawambian Brenda Moore Franklin brought by some of her grandfather's photos and memorabilia a few weeks ago. She and I both live in Oxford now but share a love of our home county. According to Brenda, her grandfather, Jessie Davis Moore, was a packrat when it came to photos and keepsakes, and she got her genes from him. Thank goodness! She has a true treasure trove.
This photo was part of the collection kept by Jessie Moore, and is a picture of Primitive Baptist preachers, probably taken at a union or association meeting in the 1920s or 1930s. It is not dated. Charles Davis Moore, who was the father of Jessie Moore, was a Primitive Baptist preacher and is pictured on the front row, far right. Minutes of Enon Primitive Baptist Church indicate that Elder C. D.moore was ordained as a minister in July 1912 by the church's presbytery H. A. Rutledge, B. F. Williams and M. C. Hankins. Elder Moore also later served as minister at Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
It is not known whom the other Primitive Baptist preachers are in the photo, but a 1921 minutes book of the Tombigbee Primitive Baptist Association ("held with Pleasant Grove Church, Itawamba County, Miss., On Friday before the Fourth Sunday in September, 1921") included the following pastors' names: J. C. Huddleston, G. C. McNeill, M. C. Hankins, D. F. Hankins, B. F. Williams, B. A. Carter and Grady F. McWhirter.