Tag Archives: Andrew Penns

ICAN director: It Takes a Village to Create True Neighborhood

Editor’s Note: Rosten Callarman is the new executive director of ICAN (Interested Citizens of Abilene North). He replaces the Rev. Andrew Penns, director of Curtis House Cultural Center and pastor of Valley View Missionary Baptist Church. Callarman previously was housing navigator for Abilene Hope Haven By ROSTEN CALLARMAN Founded in 1994, Interested Citizens of Abilene North serves as the neighborhood

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Curtis House Cultural Center a Must During Black History Month

By LORETTA FULTON The Rev. Andrew Penns, pastor at Valley View Missionary Baptist Church, grew up in Abilene and was in the last graduating class at Woodson High School. After graduating from Woodson, Penns served in the Army, including time in Vietnam. When he returned to Abilene, he didn’t like the racial environment he saw. So he moved to Austin

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City’s First Black Physician Honored with Portrait by Dr. Gary Goodnight

By LORETTA FULTON A determined, handsome face peers from the canvas, caring eyes gazing into the future. The face is that of Dr. William H. Butler, Abilene’s first black physician, who was born Dec. 9, 1875, in Anderson County. He died Sept. 8, 1947, and is buried in the Abilene City Cemetery alongside his wife, Beatrice, who died Jan. 17,

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MUSICAL SETS TONE FOR CONVENTION

By LORETTA FULTON The 116th edition of the annual Original West Texas Baptist District Assocation got off to a rousing start Monday night, with praise and worship music, scripture reading and words of welcome from representatives of several Abilene institutions. The opening musical program held at New Fellowship Baptist Church set the tone, literally and figuratively, for the coming five

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ICAN HONORS ‘HEROES’

By LORETTA FULTON No greater tribute could have been paid to the Civil Rights giant Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniverary of his assassination than the “sermon” delivered April 4 by Dr. Jerry Taylor. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Exactly 51 years later, Taylor, a religion

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HISTORY REMEMBERED

By LORETTA FULTON A disturbing but significant piece of local history will be commemorated in a public ceremony April 13 when soil is collected to add to a national project marking the sites of lynchings in America. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at 341 Ash. St., where Grover C. Everett of Sulphur Springs was shot to death at the

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