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Carter, Edward R.

Clergyman and author Edward R. Carter was born in Athens, Georgia on March 15, 1858. Carter was an African-American minister who became pastor of Atlanta’s First Baptist Church in 1882. At the time, the church was $3,000 in debt, but under Carter, the debt was erased and the church ended up with $10,000 in assets. The money was put to good use, as Carter was influential in the founding of Spelman College. In fact some of the college’s first classes were held in the basement of Carter’s church, renamed Friendship Baptist Church. Carter remained a friend to all the African-American universities in the Atlanta area, an active participant in many voluntary organizations associated with the church, and traveled throughout the South preaching. Carter wrote a number of articles, plus one notable book - The Black Side: A Partial History of the Business, Religion, and Education of the Negro in Atlanta. He died on June 8, 1944, in Atlanta.