Bible Study Class, 1932

This is a photo of a 1932 Protestant Bible study class. According to a former resident, McIntyre Protestants complained to the Coal Company about the lack of a place in which to have Bible study classes for children. The Coal Company responded by providing this one-story, two-room structure. Since most of the immigrants and their families were Roman Catholic there was no Protestant church in McIntyre. Two different Presbyterian churches were located several miles away in the town of Jacksonville. Another former resident indicated that of the two Presbyterian churches, one was more conservative than the other and allowed no dancing or card playing.  

Photo: courtesy Ed Swan collection

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