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Phil Reader
Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:35 am Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Apr 2007 Posts: 392 Location: Live Oak
(Santa Cruz Sentinel. October 25, 1906)


Was the Victim is of Misunderstanding and Had to Hasten Away.

Rev. T. A. McEachen, the colored pastor of Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church of Santa Cruz, recently went back to his boyhood home in the village of Maxon, North Carolina, to visit his mother, who was very ill.
While there Rev. McEachen was thee victim of a most unpleasant and disagreeable incident, and one that for a time gave promise of something serious.
The story, as related by the colored pastor, is an interesting one. He went to a small store to make some purchases. Being neatly addressed and of pleasing appearing, he desired a few more articles to complete his elevation in the eyes of the people of his neighborhood. He asked for some perfume. The person behind the counter was a white girl. She professed to misunderstand his order as asked him to repeat. This Mr. McEachen did. She immediately went into a back room and soon her brother came rushing out and lifting a weight from the counter and aimed a blow at the preacher, demanding in excited tones to know why he had insulted his sister. Mr. McEachen protested. He had asked for perfume, he said, and had insulted no one. The irate brother took no heed, but started another blow continually demanding who know why he had insulted the girl. The sister at this point interfered, stating that she had not been insulted, but that the man was merely trying to make a purchase.
The preacher escaped at this juncture, but a warning was sent to him that for some reason the white folks were stirred up and he stood in danger of being lynched. Rev. McEachen stay in seclusion for a few days and then came back to Santa Cruz.
The whole thing is a mystery to him, but from what he went through he has decided that North Carolina no place for him, but that he will remain in this city.
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Phil Reader
Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:34 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Apr 2007 Posts: 392 Location: Live Oak
Rev. Tink A. McEachen, the subject of this sketch, was educated at Whiten's Normal school, Lemberton, North Carolina , and at Biddle University. He left school in 1886, his eyes failing him, an in the spring of 1887, he came to California and united with the A. M. E. church at San Francisco Conference. In 1888, he was licensed to preach by Bishop Petty.
He is one of the best known ministers on the coast.
When the church was yet in its infancy in this state, undaunted, he traveled from one end to the other of the San Joaquin Valley, zealously laboring for the uplift of the cause. He was the organizer of the first colored church in the San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno, California.
For a number of years he was at the head of a colonization party and would go into the heart of the South and conduct parties of colored people to California and the San Joaquin Valley.
“THE NEGRO TRAIL BLAZERS OF CALIFORNIA by Delilah L. Beasley, Los Angeles, California. 1919.”
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