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Guide to the R. E. Dawkins Letter MSS.3354

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
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March 2014

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English

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Collection Title:

R. E. Dawkins Letter

Unit ID:

MSS.3354

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 letter)

Dates:

1950s

Abstract:

Reverend R. E. Dawkins writes an open letter "To Whom It May Concern" demanding that T. M. Jolly appear at The Gospel Tabernacle in Kansas City, Kansas, on April 3, 4, or 5, 1956, while a national gathering of the brethren is meeting, to provide reasons as to why he should not be "dis-fellowshipped" from their movement.

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R. E. Dawkins Letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama

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Processed by Erin Schmidt 2011

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Provenance

Gift of Wade Hall 2008

Scope and Contents note

Reverend R. E. Dawkins writes an open letter "To Whom It May Concern" demanding that T. M. Jolly appear at The Gospel Tabernacle in Kansas City, Kansas, on April 3, 4, or 5, 1956, while a national gathering of the brethren is meeting, to provide reasons as to why he should not be "dis-fellowshipped" from their movement. Dawkins accuses Jolly of opening his own church in Kansas City, Missouri, with the intent of molesting Dawkins's own church, changing fundamental teachings and the order of worship of the movement, causing discord among the brethren, and making defamatory public statements about the morals of several ministers within the movement.

Biographical/Historical note

Reverend R. (Reynolds) E. Dawkins established the Gospel Tabernacle in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1932. The Movement referred to in the R. E. Dawkins Letter is that established by W. (William) M. Sowders and was primarily centered in the United States south and midwest.

T. M. Jolly was a prominent member of the movement and, at the time of the writing of the R. E. Dawkins Letter, was a Trustee of the Gospel of the Kingdom Campground at Shepherdsville, Kentucky. According to www.tmjolly.com (accessed March 29, 2011) Thomas Miles Jolly was born on September 9, 1910, in Carbondale, Illinois. At an early age Jolly was familiar with and embraced the message of the Pentecostal Church. Jolly and W. M. Sowers were personally and professionally very close; Jolly oversaw Sowers's funeral in 1952. Throughout his life, Jolly was very active in ministries in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. T. M. Jolly died on May 30, 1994.

R. E. Dawkins Letter Box SC0069 Folder 3354.01