Founders of Brown Missionary Baptist, once enslaved, inspire descendants

By Updated: June 19, 2020 6:45 AM CT | Published: June 19, 2020 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Brown Missionary Baptist Church historian Errol Harmon stands near a replica of the white clapboard church the Southaven church grew from.&nbsp;</strong><span><strong>His ancestors, former slaves, helped to found the congregation in 1882.</strong>&nbsp;</span>(Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Brown Missionary Baptist Church historian Errol Harmon stands near a replica of the white clapboard church the Southaven church grew from. His ancestors, former slaves, helped to found the congregation in 1882. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

As Juneteenth arrives, city prosecutor Errol Harmon traces his family’s history. His ancestors, formerly enslaved, founded Brown Missionary Baptist Church, one of the Memphis area’s largest and most prominent black churches.

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Jared Boyd

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