Sharon Botts Garth Collection on Rev. Henry Botts, Sr.
Description of Contents
The collection contains documents, notes, photographs, and other materials compiled by Sharon Botts Garth in the research for her 2019 biography of Rev. Henry Botts, Sr. When Destiny Calls: Living Life with Purpose, as well as short oral history interviews conducted by Hennepin County Library Special Collections staff at book launch events in 2019. The bulk of the collection is photographs documenting the life of the Botts family and Zion Baptist Church in North Minneapolis.
Oral history interviews are digital audio recordings and exist solely in digital format. Full transcripts are available. Participants in the oral history interviews were asked three questions: What is your name? What is your connection to Rev. Botts? What memory would you like to share about Rev. Botts?
- 1920 - 2019
- Garth, Sharon Botts (Person)
The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours. Some materials from this collection are available in the Sharon Botts Garth Collection on Rev. Henry Botts, Sr. in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.
Sharon Botts Garth is an author and the granddaughter of Rev. Henry Botts, Sr. Garth was born and raised in the Twin Cities and continues to reside in the area. In 2019, Garth published When Destiny Calls: Living Life with Purpose, a biography of Rev. Henry Botts, Sr.
For over 30 years, Henry Botts, Sr. was the pastor of Zion Baptist Church in North Minneapolis. Botts was born near Meadville, Missouri, in 1875. He was the fifth of six children born to Thomas and Matilda Botts, formerly enslaved people who had become sharecroppers.
In his twenties, Botts began his ministry as a travelling preacher in Missouri. He became the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Plattsburg, Missouri, and then a church in Boonville, Missouri. In 1920, Botts was named senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. After overseeing extensive building projects at the Lincoln church, Botts was recruited as pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Minneapolis. In 1929, Botts and his wife Ursula Hines Botts moved to Minnesota.
Botts served as pastor of Zion Baptist Church until his retirement in 1959. Botts worked actively with many local community organizations, including the Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, NAACP, and Urban League. He held leadership positions in the National Baptist Convention. After retirement, Botts continued to serve the community and Zion Baptist Church until his death in 1967 at age 93.
0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
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This collection was donated by Sharon Botts Garth in May 2019 as accession 2019.19.
This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs from October to November 2019.
- Sharon Garth Collection of Henry Botts, Sr. Materials
- Jenna Jacobs
- November 2019
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