We Are King Solomon

We Are King Solomon is a historical narrative of the historic King Solomon Baptist Church of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Nestled in the hills of historic Vicksburg, Mississippi, the King Solomon Baptist Church is the oldest Black Baptist Church in a city of historical churches.

We Are King Solomon expounds on the people, places, and events instrumental in shaping the shared life of the Church from its inception in 1860, placing emphasis on the period from November 2003 through September 2017, a portion of the pastorate of Reverend R. D. Bernard.

We Are King Solomon is much more than the mere recounting of events in the life of the Church, it is the providential interpretation of those events. The history of the King Solomon Baptist Church, like most long-lived churches in the South, particularly Mississippi, is tied to the great themes of its time—including the volatile mix of race and politics.

We Are King Solomon is recounted from the perspective of the African American Church, a cultural icon in its own right. Its rich, oral tradition provides much of the narrative in the telling of its own story. Though first-person accounts of events end with each death, the memories of those events live on through their retelling.

We Are King Solomon is the inspirational story of a Church that found favor with God and spiritual strength through that favor, while overcoming obstacle after untold obstacle in their long, storied history.

--Pastor R. D. Bernard



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