The Chronological Events of Prophet Elijah L. Hill as a historian in the Church of God in Christ
July 3, 1990 Omaha, Nebraska
Letter from Pastor Elijah L. Hill to Bishop Louis Henry Ford the Fourth Chief Apostle of Church of God in Church
Dear Bishop Ford
I most humbly appreciate you having extended an invitation for me to speak at your Ceremonial Presentation of First Jurisdiction Graduates in Chicago, Illinois. It was a great pleasure seeing your vision of hope and encouragement manifested in the hearts of those young people that night.
I want to thank you, and as per our conversation at the end of the service, if there is any way to lend my service to the national church I would be honored.
Yours That His Kingdom Will Come
Pastor Elijah L. Hill
July 6, 1990 Omaha, Nebraska News Paper Article the Metro Star Times
Article Title: Gospel Television Growing in Omaha
Picture: Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford and Pastor Elijah L. Hill
Gospel Television Broadcasting, a part of the North Omaha Cable Access Consortium, NOCAC, a North Omaha Community based television network in growing, according to Rev. Elijah Hill. The Consortium began broadcasting, Channel 6 on Cox Cable.
Hill is pastor of A Way Out of No Way Church of God in Christ and president of Gospel Television Broadcasting, Channel 6 on Cox Cable. "Our programming has gone from four hours on Sunday to 10 hours of broadcasting," said Hill, "The Gospel Television show includes gospel videos, religious cartoons, talk shows and traditional gospel preaching," he added.
Hill said he shared his vision for reaching the youth of America with Gospel Television with Presiding Bishop Lewis H. Ford, national bishop of the Church of God in Christ, while in Chicago, ILL for an NNPA Convention. GBT is aired on Sundays from 1-11 p.m.
September 22, 1991 Omaha World Herald Newspaper Press Conference Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford states Omaha is Key to his Churches history because it was home to Lizzie Robinson
December 16, 1991 Letter from State Historian Rev Elijah L Hill to Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford
Dear Honorable Presiding Bishop L.H. Ford
At the desire of our State Bishop and his vision to restore the State of Nebraska to a point whereby the National work can be proud of our historical significance that relates to her glory.
Bishop Vernon Richardson has installed me as the State Historian for COGIC for the State of Nebraska. We would like to accomplish those things that would enhance the historical knowledge of the people that live here in our State of Nebraska. For we have been greatly encouraged and moved by your desire to see those things of the past restored and honored for they are the foundation upon which our beginnings lie.
When you were here in Omaha at the Press Conference you spoke so profoundly concerning the historical significance of Omaha, Nebraska, in relationship to Mother Lizzie Robinson, who was the first General Mother while the National Church was in her infancy stage.
The Bishop and I, feel that you have stirred up the gift that is within us to let it be known to the residents of our great city of Omaha, Nebraska, is of historical meaning to the Mother Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
Enclosed, is an example of what I have researched to be true and correct information that could be included in the official document, which we understand that the final acceptance of the wording will rest upon the Presiding Bishop's final approval and wishes.
Yours That His Kingdom Will Come
Pastor Elijah L. Hill
State Historian for the State of Nebraska
January 14, 1992 Omaha, Nebraska Letter from Lynn Meyer City Landmarks Administrator to Rev Elijah Hill
Dear Pastor Hill
Please find enclosed the information that we discussed by telephone related to your interest in landmark designation for the church building at 2318 Corby Street. I have included an application for each property.
I have also enclosed a copy of a National Register bulletin pertaining to the evaluation of properties associated with significant persons, which is applicable in this case. Information such as this is often utilized by the commission and staff for direction when considering landmark designations.
I need to have the completed application back to our office by January 27, 1992, in order to meet the advertising deadline for the February 12, 1992 Landmarks commission meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission
January 27, 1992 Rev Elijah Hill Submitting of Landmark designation Lizzie Robinson House (Mother Lizzie Robinson's daughters home Mother Ida Baker and Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ two last properties associated with a national figure in the Church of God in Christ.
Name of structure House of Ida Baker, Mother Lizzie Robinson's daughter’s home, which was the last remaining properties owned by their family Case File Number HL-92-5, location 2864 Corby St, Omaha, Nebraska, owner at time of application Rev Robert Alexander. The representative submitting application to City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Commission is Rev. Elijah L Hill State Historian of the Church of God in Christ in Nebraska.
Argument of significance written by Rev Elijah L. Hill presented in person at the public hearing at the City of Omaha's Civic Center 11th Floor on City Planning departments Offices. Significant Proposed that Mother Robinson's Church and Home is significant to the Omaha community.
Lizzie Robinson; b 1860 April 5th, an American Christian pioneer and Omahan, who was the First African American female, who played a significant historical role in the organizing of the Women's Ministry for the CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST the largest African American Pentecostal denomination in the world. Lizzie Robinson's brilliance as an organizer was foundational in the denomination and set the pace for it's organizational growth and development for years to come.
The fact that Mrs. Robinson's national [sic] has been evaluated in a national context in relation to her denomination's beginnings in reference as, (The Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement, Burgess, McGee and Alexander, Zondervan Publishing). Lizzie Robinson unlike other women, who worked within an already existing denominational structure, had founded her denomination's women's ministry.
The 2864 Corby St; residence and Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ first church church of God in Christ established by Mother Lizzie Robinson and her husband Elder Edward Robinson in 1916 in Our city of Omaha, Nebraska. These residences are significant because of their affiliation with Mother Lizzie Robinson. It is the first property owned by her daughter, Mrs. Ida Baker, when she came to stay with her daughter back in 1912 in Omaha, Nebraska.
While Lizzie Robinson resided here in in Omaha this property served her family and church organization over 67 years. It was the location where she allowed most of her denomination's earlier pioneers stay while they came to Omaha to visit her, because of her national status as the First General Supervisor of Women's Ministry of the Church of God in Christ appointed by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason in 1911.
These sites is of historical and cultural significance and is deserving of protection for its historical association and public interest, and preserved for future tourism local as well as international. With the other residence owned by her relatives demolished already in 1974; 2864 Corby Street, remains as the only historical residence left standing here in the city of Omaha, Nebraska.
January 28, 1992 Omaha, Nebraska Letter from Nebraska State Historian Elijah L Hill to Dr. Mattie McGlothan International Supervisor Churches of God in Christ Worldwide
Dear Dr. McGlothan
As per our telephone conversation the morning of January 28, 1992 around 9:00am, and I made mention to you about our State Historical Department's desire to have a letter of support from the Women's Convention. Concerning an application filed with the City of Omaha's Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission.
There will be a public hearing on February 12, 1992 at 1:30pm at the downtown Omaha Civic Center to consider nomination of two properties that are of historical value to Mother Lizzie Robinson, when she was alive. Enclosed along with this letter is a public notice of the hearing, if you could provide us with a letter of support before the hearing date. I am sure it will strengthen
Our State Bishop's position at the hearing. Send your correspondence to myself Pastor Elijah L. Hill, P.O. Box 11550, Omaha, Nebraska, 68111.
Yours that His Kingdom Will Come
Pastor Elijah L. Hill
State Historian of the Churches
of God in Christ in Nebraska
Cc: Presiding Bishop L.
Bishop Vernon Richardson
February 12, 1992 Omaha, Nebraska Petition Drive Notice Written By Rev. Elijah L. Hill to Support Mother Lizzie Robinson's Street Name Change
Petition Drive For Street Name Change
February 12, 1992, the Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission determined that Lizzie Robinson was a historically significant African American woman in Omaha and Nationally. They will formally designate two properties as historical sites that are situated along Erskine Street, we are aware that these two designations are on the behalf of Mother Lizzie Robinson. The City planning department will support also a name change of Erskine Street the section from 24th Street and 27th Street, the name selected by the city Planning will be "Lizzie Robinson Avenue," of which I am a home/business owner, we support the name change by the Omaha City Planning Department and or the Omaha City Council's resolution.
Name of Property Owner. Address
Rev Elijah L. Hill
State Historian of Nebraska
Of Church of God in Christ
February 27, 1992 Omaha Nebraska Mayor P.J. Morgan honors Rev. Elijah Hill with a Proclamation for Lizzie Robinson
PROCLAMATION CITY OF OMAHA NEBRASKA
WHEREAS: Elder Elijah L. Hill state historian and Bishop Vernon Richardson have found through their studies that Mother Lizzie Robinson hailed from the great state of Omaha, Nebraska, until the date she was promoted to glory in December 1945, while attending the National Memphis Convocation; and,
WHEREAS: the Church of God in Christ had its beginnings in Nebraska in about 1913, when Mother Robinson and Elder Edward D. Robinson moved to Omaha, And resided at 2864 Corby Street, not long after they established the first church in Omaha, located at 2318 N. 26th Street; and,
WHEREAS: Mother Robinson's God given skills in organizing, gave great direction and support to the National Women's Work organization and she appointed a host of women who were sent throughout the United States to help the Bishops that were appointed by their Founding Father.
NOW, THEREFORE, P.J. Morgan, Mayor of Omaha, do hereby proclaim July 8, 1992 as MOTHER ROBINSON MEMORIAL DAY in Omaha and urge all residents to honor the life and work of Lizzie Robinson.
In witness Whereof, I have set my hand and caused the Official Seal of the City of Omaha to be affixed this 27th day of February, 1992.
Mayor P.J. Morgan City of Omaha, Nebraska
March 27, 1992 PROCLAMATION World Headquarters of Church of God in Christ to Pastor Elijah L. Hill from Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford for state and city of Omaha, Nebraska confirming Mother Lizzie Robinson as significant internationally
Proclamation from the office of the Presiding Bishop
WHEREAS: Our Late Founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, envisioned the magnitude of including the women of the CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, INC., that they were in need of organization and direction while the National Church was in its stage of infancy, and;
WHEREAS: Our Late Mother Lizzie Robinson was appointed as the First General Supervisor of Women of THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST by our Founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, in and around 1911, and ;
WHEREAS: Due to the rapid growth of the Church and Mother Robinson's God-given skills in organizing, she gave great direction and support to the National Women's Work, by creating auxiliaries such as the Bible Band, Sewing Circle, Home and Foreign Mission, Sunshine Band, Purity Class, State Mothers Unit and Secretaries Unit. Also, she prayerfully selected and appointed a host of choice women of whom were sent to different States in the United States to be Helpers to the Overseers (Bishops) that were appointed by our Founding Father, and;
WHEREAS: Mother Robinson hailed from the great City of Omaha, Nebraska, and she resided there until the date she was promoted to glory in the month of December 1945 while attending the national Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee, and;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:
Bishop Vernon Richardson has appointed a State Historian in the State of Nebraska in order to research and verify that which will enhance the history of the CHURCH OF GOD IN CHURCH in the State of Nebraska under the auspices of Elder Elijah Hill and by the will of the CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST in Omaha, Nebraska.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: That the eight day of July in this year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two be a DAY OF MEMORIAL to honor the life and work of Mother Lizzie Robinson, the First National Supervisor who has fallen asleep in Jesus.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND and the Seal of the Presiding Bishop at World Headquarters in the City of Memphis, Tennessee, this 27th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two.
PRESIDING BISHOP LOUIS HENRY FORD
April 2, 1992 Letter to Pastor Elijah L. Hill from Omaha City Planning Department Manager Rod Phipps stating Rev Elijah L. Hill approval of Robinson House and Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ as Omaha Historic Landmarks
Rev. Elijah Hill
Case #'s H1-92-5 (The Lizzie Robinson House p) and H1-92-4 (Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ)
The Omaha City Planning Board held a public hearing on Wednesday, April 1, 1992, to consider your request for approval of landmark historic designation at 2864 Corby Street and 2318 N. 26th Street.
Following the public hearing, the Board recommended approval, with the understanding that this designation places specific restrictions on the development of this property.
This recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval action. You will be notified by this office of the date the City Council hearing on this request.
If you have any questions, please call 402-444-5200 and ask to speak to a planner about the referenced case number.
Manager, Current Planning
July 8,1992 Rev. Elijah L. Hill host Event in Omaha, Nebraska The First Annual Mother Lizzie Robinson Memorial Celebration Day
The First Annual Mother Lizzie Robinson Memorial Day a service to honor the Life and Work of Lizzie Robinson
Date July 8, 1992, Time: 7:30pm, Location: Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ, Address: 2318 N. 26th St.
Sponsored by the State of Nebraska's historical Department and the Nebraska Jurisdiction Women's Department
An Official Ceremony to Dedicate This Day as a Annual Memorial Holiday for the Nebraska Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ
Official Events that Night
PROGRAM THAT EVENING
Master / Mistress of Ceremonies Elder John W. Ford -2nd Admin. Assist
Shirley Carter - Distribution. Missionary
Invocation. Elder Bobbie Murray
Reading of the Old Testament. Elder Algiers Parker
Reading of the New Testament Missionary Gertude Turner
Misstress of Ceremony Shirley Carter - Distribution. Missionary
Selection. Nebraska Jurisdictional State Choir
Statement of Purpose Sister Venessa Smith
Selection. State Women's Chorus
Offering. Elder Elijah Hill & Elder Patrick Kelly
Missionary Lizzie Ford & Martha Holmes
Song. Missionary Emma Woods
Introduction of Speaker Mother Henner Richardson
Speaker of the Hour. Mother Louis Secret
Historical Sketch. Elder Elijah Hill
READING OF ORDINANCES PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL
*READING OF PROCLAMATION FROM INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
*READING OF PROCLAMATION FROM MAYOR P.J. MORGAN CITY OF OMAHA
*READING OF TRIBUTE FROM INTERNATIONAL SUPERVISOR MOTHER MATTIE MCGLOTHEN
*READING OF OMAHA CITY COUNCIL'S RESOLUTION ON TWO PROPERTIES HISTORICALLYLANDMARKED ON BEHALF OF MOTHER LIZZIE ROBINSON
July 27, 1992 Omaha, Nebaska letter from Omaha City Planning department stating reasons not supporting Rev. Elijah L. Hill's request for Lizzie Robinson's Street name change request
City of Omaha City Planning Department
Dear Reverend Hill
This is in response to your letter of July 17, 1992, requesting clarification of street naming procedures. Attached is a calendar of events documenting the dates that specific actions were taken in processing the request for landmark designation on 2318 N. 26 Street and 2864 Corby Street and the street name change on Erskine Street.
You have asked why you were not notified of the City Council hearing on the landmark's designation. The schedule for processing the request to the City Council was discussed with you by both Lynn Myers and Sheri Rockwell is a member of my staff and she advised you of the date that the resolution would be sent to the City Council, when the first reading would be held and the specific date for the public hearing.
In the letter of February 24, 1992, we requested that you submit a petition with signatures of 100% of the home and business owners with addresses on Erskine Street between 24th and 27th Streets. This is not a regulatory requirement. Because you were asking for a name change which would have a significant effect property owner along this street, we administratively requested the petition to assure that these affected property owners were notified and advised of the request for change.
As originally discussed with you, we propose to transmit both the request for the historical designation and the street name change concurrently to the City Council. This was intended to meet your schedule to support a proposal to bring a large religious convention to the City of Omaha. During the course of our processing you indicated that the schedule had changed, and finally, that the convention would not be brought to Omaha during 1992.
Both the landmark's designation and the street name request began processing at the same time. The petition for the street name change was received May 7, 1992. Because of this delay, the landmark's designation was sent forward to the City Council separately. This seemed to be consistent both with our processing schedule and with your schedule at the time.
Early in this process we provided you with a list of all property owners on Erskine Street between 24th and 27th street. We would support a name change if you provided us with a petition with signatures of 100% of the home and business owners. Our review indicates that it does not include 100% of signatures as required.
The Department will not submit a formal recommendation to the City Council to either approve or deny the proposed name change. However, we will advise the City Council of the cost of such a change and the effect on persons living or having a business on that Street. As you are aware, Public Works Department has recommended against the name change. In their response to our request for comments, they did not list their reasons for that change. Many of the difficulties in changing street names were discussed with you in detail during the course of our review of your petition. I have contacted Public Works Department and they are preparing a list of reasons why they do not support the street name change. I have enclosed copies of our correspondence between this Department, Public Works, and Public Safety. If you have any further questions in this matter, please contact me at 444-5166.
Manager, Current Planning
August 5, 1992 Omaha World Herald Article Rev Elijah L. Hill obtains Street Name Change for Mother Lizzie Robinson
Article Title: Council Says: Here's to You Mrs. Robinson
Omaha's newest street name is Lizzie Robinson Avenue. The City Council voted Tuesday to rename a three-block stretch of Erskine Street for the woman who helped organize the Church of God in Christ in Nebraska. The council approved the ordinance unanimously. "Lizzie Robinson is significance historically for her role as organizer of the women's ministry for the church." said City Planning Director Gary Pryor.
Mrs. Robinson and her husband, Edward, started the first Nebraska congregation in Omaha in 1916. Both are deceased. That was 10 years after she helped Bishop Charles Harrison Mason found the church in Lexington, Mississippi. Erskine Street from 24th to 27th Street will be renamed in honor of Mrs Robinson. Among the supporters of the change were Pastor Elijah L. Hill, state historian for the church.
The predominately black Church of God in Christ has 3.7 million members worldwide and is the second largest black church in the United States. The church has 16 congregations in Nebraska, including 13 in Omaha. Robinson Memorial Church, 2318 N. 26th Street, is named after the Robinson's. In June, the named after the Robinson's. In June, the council designated the church and the former Robinson residence at 2864 Corby St. as historic landmarks. The designations were approved in February by the Landmarks Heritage Preservation commission.
August 1992 Rev. Elijah L. Hill Prepares and Submits Argument to the National Register of Historic Places on Lizzie Robinson House in Omaha, Nebraska, Douglas County to the United States Department of Interior
His argument of statement of her Significance reads as thus:
The residence at 2864 Corby Street is significant under National Register Criterion B, associated with the lives of persons significant in our past, because it is the only extant building in Omaha associated with Mrs. Lizzie Robinson. Lizzie Robinson and her husband Reverend Edward D. Robinson resided at 2864 Corby Street with their daughter from 1916 to 1924. In 1916, Edward and Lizzie Robinson founded the Church of God in Christ in Omaha, the first church of that denomination in the state of Nebraska. Mrs. Lizzie Robinson is significant historically for her role as national organizer of the women's ministry for the Church of God in Christ, the largest African American Pentecostal denomination in the world. Many of the denomination's early pioneers stayed at the Corby Street when they visited Omaha. Criterion Consideration "A" is applicable and is met through the property deriving significance for it's association with a person important in religious history.
The Pentecostal movement's roots track back to the economic, social, and cultural crises of the late nineteenth century, when events such as industrialization, rapid urban growth, and changes in Protestant denominations caused major changes in people's lives. The Wesleyan movement contributed the concept of sanctification and --crucial to the formation of Pentecostalism-- the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. The latter concept is attributed to a lay Baptist preacher in Nebraska named Benjamin Hardin Irwin. The second influence was the Reformed emphasis upon power for service, an endowment of power that enabled a Christian to witness, sacrifice, and serve. The third concept was the Plymouth Brethren's belief in dispensational premillennialism--the idea of an imminent secret rapture of the saints, immediately followed by seven years of Great Tribulation, the Second Coming of the Lord, and the Millennium. The final contributor was a new theology of faith healing. The Pentecostals adamancy on speaking in tongues as a sign of the baptism finally separated Pentecostals from the main body of the holiness movement.
In 1905, William J. Seymour, the most enigmatic major figure in the early history of Pentecostalism, attended a Bible school in Houston and, in 1906, brought those teachings to a black holiness group that (short while later) met in abandoned warehouse on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. At first, the Azusa revivals were interracial: eventually they were exclusively black. The Azusa Street revival had a strong influence of their participates, an influence instrumental in the formation of the Pentecostal churches. In the United States there are more than three hundred Pentecostal denominations. Two of the largest denominations are Assemblies of God and the Church of God in Christ.
The Church of God in Christ is the largest African American Pentecostal body in North America, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The church was founded in 1907 by Charles H. Mason, one of the most significant figures in the rise and spread of the modern Pentecostal Movement. Mason was a Missionary Baptist minister who, in 1895, organized an independent congregation in a cotton gin shed in Lexington, Mississippi. Two years later, in Jackson, Mississippi, C.P. Jones instituted a series of annual Holiness convocations that Mason, J.A. Meter, and other former Missionary Baptist attended. Jones, Mason and Jeter then preached together for several years, eventually establishing a congregation In Memphis.
In 1907, Mason attended the revival meeting at Azusa Street and accepted those beliefs. Mason returned from Los Angeles to find that a Pentecostal revival had already begun in Memphis; however, Jones and Jeter's group reorganized, taking the name the Church of God Holiness USA. The congregations that supported Mason reorganized in the fall of 1907 as the Church of God in Christ, with Mason as general overseer and chief apostle (bishop). Until 1914, the Church of God in Christ was interracial. By ordaining ministers of all races, Mason performed an unusually important service to the early twentieth-century Pentecostal movement. He appears to have been the only early convert who came from a legally incorporated church body and who could thus ordain persons whose status as clergymen was recognized by civil authorities. As a result, scores of white ministers sought ordination at the hand of Mason. Large numbers obtained credentials carrying the name COGIC. In the years 1909-14, there were as many white Churches of God in Christ as there were black, all carrying Mason’s credentials and incorporation. On December 20, 1913, Elder E.N. Bell and H.A. Gross issued a call to convene a general council of all Pentecostals saints and Churches of God in Christ," to meet the following April at Hot Springs. This invitation went only to the white saints. E.N. Bell's periodical, Word and Wittiness, was not distributed in the black religious community, on the newly formed General Council of the Assemblies of God.
By 1934 the Church of God in Christ consisted of 345 churches in twenty-one states and the District of Columbia, with more than 25,000 members. Rapid growth continued, with membership increasing to 382,679 in 1962. The church reportedly had 3,709,661 members in 52 countries by 1982.
The Church further developed when Mason organized the Women's Department, the Sunday school and the Young Peoples Willing Workers (YPWW) between 1910 and 1916. These departments needed people to run them, and Lizzie Robinson was recommended to Charles Mason as qualified to supervise the Women's Department.
Lizzie Robinson was the first National Supervisor of Women's Departments of the Church of God in Christ, serving from 1911 through 1945. She was born a slave on April 5, 1860, in Phillips County, Arkansas. Her mother, a widow with five children, could not read but did send her children to school. Lizzie Robinson read the Bible to her mother's friends from the ages of eight to fifteen years, when her mother died. In 1881 she married Mr. Wood. In 1892 she joined the Baptist church at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1901, at age of 41, Lizzie Wood attended the Baptist Academy in Demott, Arkansas to finish her education and remained there as matron of the school.
There she became acquainted with the Church of God in Christ and with Charles Mason. Lizzie Wood then left the Baptist church and worked for the Church of God in Christ in Trenton and Jackson, Tennessee in 1911. Charles Mason appointed Lizzie Wood Supervisor of the Women's Department in Memphis, Tennessee in 1911. She formed the Prayer and Bible Band, the Sewing Circle, and the Home and Foreign Mission Board.
During this time she met, and later married, Edward Robinson, a minister. Edward and Lizzie Robinson were evangelists in western United States until they settled in Omaha and founded a church there in 1916. They lived with her daughter, Ida Baker, and her husband Archie at 2864 Corby Street from 1916 until 1924, when the Robinson's purchased a house at 2723 North 28th Avenue. Ida and Archie moved to Omaha in 1912.
The Robinson's church was the first Church of God in Christ in the state of Nebraska. Shortly after their arrival in Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson began holding afternoon and night services near 27th and Lake Streets. These services attracted many people, and the Robinson's soon organized a church. The church was approved by the Bishop the following year. The congregation continued to grow, requiring the purchase of a new church site to provide more space. In 1920, the church purchased the property at 2318 N. 26th Street and remodeled the building on that site for use as a church. The Church of God in Christ was officially incorporated in 1925, with Edward Robinson as pastor. The Robinson's son-in-law, Archie Baker, was one of the first members of the Board of Trustees.
Lizzie Robinson chose women to accompany her on her evangelical trips after her husband stopped traveling because of his duties with the church. The women's work grew so rapidly that Lizzie Robinson began state organizations, and the women who had accompanied her became the first State Mothers. Her daughter Ida then became her traveling companion and assistant, eventually becoming the Secretary-Treasurer of the Home and Foreign Mission Department. Her husband Edward D. Robinson died in 1937 at the age of 77. From 1940 through 1945, Lizzie Robinson ran the program through the State Mothers. She took a great interest in the building of the National Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee and organized National Drives to raise funds. The assembly hall in the new building was named after her. During her years of service, Lizzie Robinson established an auxiliary program through the local churches and had begun to build the State and National program. She died December 12, 1945 at convocation in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lizzie Robinson is referred to with esteem and praise in several texts. Some of that commentary follows. "[O]ne of the church's pioneering ladies'....help...organize and structure the church. "[She laid] the foundation for the church's women's department...She was distinguished by her gifted teaching ministry...Lizzie Robinson's brilliance as an organizer was foundational to the work of women in the denomination and set the pace for years to come." "No writer could do justice to her life work of this illustrious woman of God, nor of the numerous deeds of kindness done by her, nor the height of esteem in which she was held by thousands of followers.....a woman of very high standing...an outstanding record in public service...an organizer, able to inspire and direct...one of the greatest organizers among Christian women."
Lizzie Robinson played an important role in early days of the Church of God in Christ at the national as well as local level. The house at 2864 Corby Street is the only extant building remaining from her period of activity in the Church of God in Christ. The house she and her husband purchased in 1924 at 2723 North 28th Avenue no longer stands, and the frame church at 2318 North 26th Street was replaced by a concrete block church (on that site) in 1949. According to building permit records, the house at Corby Street was built in 1910. The register of deeds shows that the Bakers purchased the house in 1924, but city directories indicate that they lived in the house before the purchase and that Lizzie Robinson and Edward Robinson lived with them until. 1924. The Bakers remained in that house until the 1960s.
October 1992, The Whole Truth Newspaper Elder Elijah Hill convinces Omaha City Council to Name a Street after Mother Lizzie Robinson
Omaha's newest street name is Lizzie Robinson Avenue. The City Council voted Tuesday to rename a three-block stretch of Erskine Street for the woman who helped organize the Church of God in Christ in Nebraska. The council approved the ordinance unanimously. "Lizzie Robinson is significance historically for her role as organizer of the women's ministry for the church." said City Planning Director Gary Pryor.
Mrs. Robinson and her husband, Edward, started the first Nebraska congregation in Omaha in 1916. Both are deceased. That was 10 years after she helped Bishop Charles Harrison Mason found the church in Lexington, Mississippi. Erskine Street from 24th to 27th Street will be renamed in honor of Mrs. Robinson. Among the supporters of the change was Pastor Elijah L. Hill, state historian for the church.
The predominately black Church of God in Christ has 3.7 million members worldwide and is the second largest black church in the United States. The church has 16 congregations in Nebraska, including 13 in Omaha. Robinson Memorial Church, 2318 N. 26th Street, is named after the Robinson's. In June, the named after the Robinson’s the council designated the church and the former Robinson residence at 2864 Corby St. as historic landmarks. The designations were approved in February by the Landmarks Heritage Preservation commission.
November 1992 at Holy Convocation Elder Elijah L Hill sponsors a resolution to Memphis Resolution Committee Bishop Ford Remove’s resolutions wants to issue it by Executive order
RESOLUTION MOTHER LIZZIE ROBINSON MEMORIAL DAY
RESOLUTION DECLARING JULY 8, THE MEMORIAL DAY OF MOTHER LIZZIE ROBINSON, OUR FIRST GENERAL SUPERVISOR OF WOMEN OF THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, A HOLIDAY FOR THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST.
WHEREAS, Our Late Mother Lizzie Robinson was appointed, as the First General Supervisor of Women of the Church of God in Christ by our late Founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, in and around 1911,
WHEREAS, Mother Lizzie Robinson was born in the State of Arkansas, during the majority of her tenure in office as First General Mother she resided and hailed from the Great City of Omaha, Nebraska.
WHEREAS, Presiding Bishop L.H. Ford and the Mayor of the City of Omaha, Nebraska have proclaimed July 8, of this year as Mother Robinson Memorial Day.
WHEREAS, The City Council of the city of Omaha has passed two ordinances to landmark the church founded by the late Mr. Edward and Mrs. Lizzie Robinson, in Omaha in 1916, and the home of her late daughter Mrs. Ida Baker; who assisted her mother in her work, and was one of the treasures of the International Home and Foreign Mission Department."
WHEREAS, The City of Omaha's Planning Department has introduced an ordinance tonnage a street in memory of Mother Robinson called "Lizzie Robinson Avenue."
WHEREAS, The Nebraska Jurisdiction's Historical and Women's Departments, and by the will of our Bishop, desire to perpetuate the Loving memory of the First General Mother of our late Founding Father's National work.
RESOLVED: That in honor and recognition of Mother Lizzie Robinson, and the above mentioned in her family that assisted her work, that July 8, will be and is hereby declared a holiday for all members of the Church of God in Christ throughout the world, that it be hosted in the city of Omaha, Nebraska annually, the place of her burial and where she resided while giving her labor of love to the National Church.
January 11, 1993 Letter from Historian Elijah L. Hill to presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford
Dear Bishop Ford
I humbly appreciate your wise counsel in regards to the resolution from Nebraska, concerning Mother Lizzie Robinson. I will be mailing a copy of the resolution to your office in Memphis, as you encouraged me that some things can be bet accomplished through executive order.
We also talked in regards to the Mother Lizzie Robinson street name dedication. You told me that since Mother Robinson was an International that, the International Church would discuss and plan the dedication sometime after the April meeting. I concurred with this decision that I would place it in your hands, and you let Nebraska know what would be the best timing for this year.
I wanted to also inform you ahead of time that I have been negotiating with the city of Omaha, in order to purchase back the lot that Mother Robinson's former home use to sit on. There is also an adjacent lot that Ida Baker owned. In order to buy back these properties, I had to show that we would redevelop and landscape these two lots.
In my proposal I also told them of constructing a Museum and Library, which would be named in honor of Mother Robinson. Since the City of Omaha purchased this specific lot, in order to place a sewer line twenty feet underground. The Cities of Omaha's property control manager felt that would be showing the historic significance of the land, with plans in mind to redevelop.
This would give the City Council a good reason to vote in favor of the purchase. Since an easement would be attached on because of the pipe running under it. I told the City officials that I would place an offer to purchase the adjacent lot for construction purposes, then use the next lot for additional landscaping purpose.
February 20, 1993 letter from the Governor of State of Nebraska Congratulating Rev. Elijah L. Hill on receiving the Governor’s Award
Dear Pastor Elijah L. Hill
Congratulations on the outstanding work you have done to earn the Governor's Recognition Award. I wish I could be with you in person tonight to present the award, but a previous commitment made that impossible.
However, I do want you to know that your efforts to establish the rich Nebraska history of the Church of God in Christ is most appreciated. This effort speaks well of your dedication to both the state and the church and you are more than deserving of this award.
Again, congratulations and please accept my apology for being unable to attend this evening. I wish you all the best in your efforts and my thoughts are with you.
E. Benjamin Nelson
April/May 1993 The Whole Truth News Paper International paper Memphis, TN, article on Rev. Elijah Hill presented Replica of Lizzie Robinson Street Sign during Women Day during the 85th Holy Convocation, mention of Governors Award for Rev Hill
Title of Article: State of Nebraska's Governors recognition Award
On February 27, 1993, Bishop Vernon Richardson prelate of Nebraska and Elder Elijah Hill received the Governor's Recognition award from Governor E. Benjamin Nelson. The award was presented to Bishop Vernon Richardson for his willingness and insight to appoint a historian to establish the rich Nebraskan history of the Church of God in Christ. Elder Elijah L. Hill was sighted for his civic achievement towards the renaissance and preservation of Mother Lizzie Robinson's history in the state of Nebraska. The night of the occasion Governor E. Benjamin Nelson had someone to read a personalized letter to Elder Elijah L. Hill, it stated, "This effort speaks well of your Dedication to both the State and the Church and you are most deserving of this award.". The International Chairman of the General Assembly, Dr. Frank Ellis, was present at the Red Lion Hotel, Ball Room, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Elder Elijah L. Hill has also appeared before the State of Nebraska's Historical Society, on January 8, 1993, in Lincoln, NE, accompanied by Lynn Myer of the City of Omaha's City planning department. Lynn Myer is the city of Omaha's Historic Preservation Administrator, who supported Elder Hill's nomination of Ida Baker's former home that is seventy nine years old. Elder Hill made a fifteen minute slide presentation to the Historical Society's Board, and then they voted unanimously to nominate the last home that was significant in association with the First General Mother Lizzie Robinson, a historic site.
Mother Robinson's former resident was condemned in 1975. Elder Robert Alexander presently lives in Ida Baker's house, who is her foster son. He states that many of the old pioneers would come through, and visit during the time that Mother Lizzie Robinson was alive because of her national position as general mother. During Bishop C.H. Mason's travels through other states in the Midwest, he stopped through to personally talk with Mother Lizzie Robinson. Mother Robinson's actual home was smaller than Ida's home, commonly referred to as the "big house." Bishop C.H. mason would stay at Ida Baker's home and many other of the old pioneers like Mother Lillian Brooks-Coffey.
Bishop Mason preached the funeral of Mother Lizzie Robinson, since she died while at the Memphis Convocation. Mother Dollie M. Matthews, the third state mother of Connecticut presented the last gift from the national women's department. She presented to Mother Robinson a beautiful white satin, princess style dress with pretty pearl buttons down the front. At Mother Robinson's last annual national women's day in Memphis, TN., Mother wore her dress. Her daughter, Ida Baker, "Big Sister" she was called, laid her to rest in it. Mother Lillian Brooks-Coffey made sure that everything was in order in finalizing her burial in Omaha, she purchased a beautiful head stone that reads "Mother Lizzie Robinson the First General Supervisor of the Women's Department of the Church of God in Christ, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.
"The Lifted Banner," a magazine established in 1944 by the National Women's Department, was printed and circulated out of Mother Robinson's former home. The magazine continued for over thirty or more years before it went out of print. We thank Mother Lizzie Robinson for her untiring love for the growth of the international Organization. Before Mother Robinson died, she had the neon sign at international Headquarters installed in 1945. Mother Mattie McGlothen had the replica of the Omaha street sign, named after Mother Lizzie Robinson, presented during Women's Day in the 85 th Holy Convocation. Mother Mattie McGlothen is one of the last original state mothers who were appointed by the Late First General Supervisor Mother Lizzie Robinson.
July 14, 1993 Mayoral Appointment of Rev. Elijah L. Hill to the City of Omaha's Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission
City of Omaha certificate of Appointment, I P.J. Morgan, Mayor of the city of Omaha, do hereby appoint Elijah Hill to the Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission.
This appointment has been made on behalf of and in the name of the City of Omaha. This authorizes you to discharge the duties of said office according to law, to continue for such time as you faithfully perform the duties of this office. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official Seal of the City of Omaha to be affixed.
Mayor P. J. Morgan
July 14, 1993
August 10, 1993 Omaha Star Newspaper Rev Hill receives Governor's Award and appoint by Mayor P.J. Morgan to Omaha 's Landmarks Heritage Commission youngest African American to be appointed to this civic seat.
On November 10, 1992, Mayor P.J. Morgan appointed Rev. Elijah L. Hill to the Landmarks Heritage Perservation Commission for a three-year term. The Mayor officially conducted a swearing-in ceremony for Rev. Hill on July 14, 1993, in the legislative Chambers of the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center. The Mayor invited Rev. Hill's family to be in attendance.
Rev. Hill had this year been cited with an award from Governor E. Benjamin Nelson for his civic achievement towards the renaissance and preservation of Mother Lizzie Robinson's history. As a result of his local preservation efforts, Erskine Street from 24th to 28th Street was changed to Lizzie Robinson Avenue; two local properties were designated as historical landmarks; and the house associated with Lizzie Robinson was placed on the Federal Registry of Historic Places in April 1993.
The National Trust of Historic Preservation, chartered by Congress in 1949 and a non-profit organization with over 250,000 members, has recently elected Rev. Hill to attend their 47th national convention in St Louis, MO., September 29-October 3, 1993, with all-expense paid for by the national Trust.
The National Trust had been organizing a way to incorporate cultural diversity into their national preservation programs. Two years ago they raised funds to bring grassroots minority leaders into a dialogue with hundreds of preservationist from across the United States. Their objective is to offer those from various cultural backgrounds the opportunity to participate and take back new skills and understanding to community efforts.
Since Rev. Hill has been a commissioner on the Omaha City Commission, he has been made chairman for the subcommittee on cultural diversity, and is presently chairman for the Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission for the city.
1993 September State of Nebraska's Humanities Council accepts Rev. Elijah L. Hill to three year term to their Speakers Bureau to teach Lizzie Robinson's humanitarian history in schools in Nebraska.
Rev. Elijah Hill's proposal of a new topic for the State of Nebraska's Speakers Bureau
The African American resident of Nebraska, Mother Lizzie Robinson, and her worldwide Humanitarian works.
THE PERSON: Lizzie (Woods) Robinson was born a slave on April 5, 1860, in Phillips County Arkansas. For over thirty one years she resided in Omaha, Nebraska, where she headquartered her International organization, for the betterment of humanity abroad. She continued I. This lifelong work until the day of her death, on December of 1945, where she is presently irked in Omaha.
HER WORK: Around the time of the Great Depression, when our nation struggled within its own economy to remain stable. This woman born in slavery having overcame great disadvantages, as a woman, a African American, from a social-economic stand point. In 1911, she started out developing and organizing throughout the United States and overseas, several social economic programs whereby, the traditionally dose crankset grass-roots people could support themselves economically. There were three main programs that she organized, and then trained hundreds of women through the United States to be satellites of her programs. The three programs created were called, Sewing Circle, Sunshine Band, and Home and Foreign Mission.
A case in point of one of these programs, the sewing circle included things like: encouraging the art of needle work, which created a means to make clothing for children, and also to convert it into a in-home business to support families. The Sunshine Band was centered around increasing child development skills in women. She taught them on subjects like, home economics, health care, personal management, parenting skills, and family relationships. These are only a small portion of her work as being a national and International helper of humanity.
HER REPRESENTATION: Mother Lizzie Robinson represents several cultural historic themes centered with confines of her life story. She represents the early socio-economic struggles of women, minorities, and religion. Her life is one of the great examples of being disadvantaged, and dedicating most of your life, to the promoting of the human welfare of others.
Elder Elijah Hill's Historic Chronological contributions to the COGIC
1982 Traveling Evangelist in Church of God in Christ met different important personalities in the church.
February 1990 is the start of the five Golden Years of Renaissance of the Church of God in Christ where the children of Bishop C.H. Mason rediscovered their heritage and road map was pointed toward their spiritual roots creating a revival of COGIC architectures, an awakening of historical COGIC literature and learning of COGIC original heritage. As if an Alex Haley rediscovered the roots of his ancestor in African Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford took the church though five years of his last years reminding us of whom we are as an organization. He essentially retraced the footsteps of our founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason he felt so deeply that if we did not know where we came from we would not know where we are going as an organization. Presiding Bishop Ford told personally several months before he died, “Son I know the Lord is going to take me soon, but one thing about it he is going to have to catch me because I will be running.” Bishop Louis Henry Ford knew that his life would be short but in the span of five years the shortest reigning Presiding Bishop he would do more constructions and upgrades and rediscover the heritage memory within the national church then any Presiding Bishop other than the founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. It started Presiding Bishop.
February 1990 the Presiding Bishop host in Birmingham, Alabama the Holy Ghost Conference titled, "The Spiritual Fervor of the Azusa Street Revival."
April 1990 Whole Truth Article, Bishop Ford Wins by landslide! To become the next presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ.
May 1990 Presiding Bishop L.H. Ford announced in the Whole Truth that he would reopen the Lexington property Saints Academy, and rebuild a multipurpose center there. The Whole Truth stated, the proposed reopening is part and parcel of the Bishop's roots oriented program.
In June 1990, Pastor Elijah Hill attended the Black Newspaper’s Publisher convention in Chicago, Illinois along with the Owner and Editor Rudy Smith of the Omaha Metro Star Times. During the conference, the newly installed after the death of J.O. Patterson who had a twenty-one year reign, and Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford was at the banquet and was the clergy to give the invocation. During the discussion, Elder Hill had answered several questions before national African American personalities. The owner of the Black newspaper told me lets go up and me the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, so I can take a picture with you and him. I was kind of reluctant by Mr. Ruby Smith encouraged me that you should it is the highest leader in your organization, and you should get make yourself know to him in this intimate setting. We walked up to Presiding Bishop L.H. Ford I introduced myself telling him that I was a producer of religious television programs in Omaha, Nebraska, and that I was a pastor. Presiding Bishop Ford stated, “I admire young, smart and intelligent black men like yourself that are very progressive. I told him I was pastoring a church of God in Christ church in Omaha, Nebraska, his eyes got excited well son I didn’t know you were one of ours. I am having a celebration of those that are graduating to college I would love to have you come speak before my graduates because I want them to see black intelligent men as yourself that are very progressive. Pastor Sanders was his limousine chaffer and Presiding Bishop Ford told him while we stood there, “Sanders on Sunday pickup Hill in my limousine as my guest and bring him over to my church.”
On July 3, 1990 wrote letter to Presiding Bishop Ford thanking him for letting me speak at his church when we first met at Black Newspaper Convention in Chicago.
July 6,1990 Black local Newspaper called Metro Times publishes articles on Gospel Television growing in Omaha with picture of Rev. Elijah Hill and Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford standing together speaking about Rev. Hill’s gospel television program for the Omaha religious community.
November 1990 The First convocation with by Presiding Bishop L. H. Ford was called, "Rediscovering Our Church of God in Christ Heritage, " theme of the 83rd International Holy Convocation. The Whole Truth quotes Ford saying, "Our children must know from where we have come if they are to know in which direction they must go. Ford also stated to the Whole Truth that, "People have it in their minds that I am carrying you back. But any Church that cannot remember its foundation and its roots, is not worthy."
November 1990 at the 83rd Holy Convocation opening day Presiding Bishop Ford and his steering committee had totally revitalized Mason Temple in Memphis TN, where it had new restrooms and a new entombment for Bishop C.H. Mason. Presiding Bishop Ford announced a memorial to the Pioneers. The Whole Truth stated, "The entire renovation effort is centered around preserving the memory of the fore parents of this organization.
December 1990 Bishop Ford came to Omaha and appointed Bishop P.A. Brooks of Detroit, MI, as interim Bishop of Omaha, Nebraska until a local Bishop was appointed for the state.
January 1991 at the Holy Ghost Conference hosted in Little Rock, Arkansas is when Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford, dedicated the northeast corner of 8th Street and S. Gaines where Bishop CH Mason received the revelation of the name of our current organization Church of God in Christ.
On March of 1991, I had started researching of the pioneers of Azusa I was looking to do a bible study at my church on the Azusa Street Revival. I started on a 3 day fast around March of 1991. I saw a vision during my fast of Bishop C.H. Mason and Mother Lizzie Robinson instructing me to research and preserve the history of the Older Pioneers of their movement. The Lord spoke to me to go to Pastor Vernon Richardson house to tell him that when the national church came back in six months that he would be selected to be the Bishop of Nebraska.
June 1991 Presiding Bishop Ford announces the refurbishing of the old home of Bishop CH Mason, so it could be used for executives and guest.
August 1991 Held the national Founders Day celebration in Lexington, MS, where he is rebuilding the Lexington school.
September 1991 At the annual founders Day Celebration that was held in Lexington, MS. The publishing board chair announced that there would be a release of a video on the life of Bishop Mason, there will be a new released book on the life of Bishop Mason and the pioneers that noting their contributions and Pioneers Wall of Commemoration placed in the a lobby of Mason Temple. Also there was an announcement that Bishop Ithiel will be releasing a book on the social history of bishop Mason that would be used in Colleges and Universities.
1991 September 21, Saturday Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford came back to Omaha, Nebraska with a delegation of the General Board Bishop P.A. Brooks, Bishop C.L. Anderson and himself to hold a press conference speaking about the importance of the history of Omaha Nebraska to the Church of God in Christ national historical significance.
September 21, 1991 This day changed my life it was like the Presiding Bishop’s words got into my spirit surrounding the importance of founding pioneers of the Church of God in Christ. His great love for them entered inside me along with the command from Bishop Mason to preserve the history of his old pioneers the heavenly vision I saw on a three day fast almost exactly six months ago. I started studying the life of Mother Lizzie Robinson but I also studied Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford the spirit of history seemed to be upon him as if he was carrying the essence of the old pioneers spirit. In an old yearbook, dated 1965 58th Holy Convocation I found the young Louis Henry Ford he was the public relations director national for Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. He stated several things he wanted to accomplish for the national church and low and behold everything Bishop Ford was doing it consisted of these things within his administration. Therefore, in prayer the Lord showed me to do for Mother Lizzie Robinson who was the founding mother of the Church of God in Christ as Bishop Ford had done for the founding Father Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. This was how God revealed to me what my work was to be as a historian in the Church of God in Christ. So I found out Bishop Ford in 1955 had secured a street name for Bishop Mason, therefore I was to get a street name for Mother Lizzie Robinson. Bishop Ford was getting Mason Temple landmarked by the local landmarks in Memphis, TN, and having it listed on the Federal Registry of historic places, so I listed getting local and national landmarks for Mother Lizzie Robinson.
September 22, 1991, on Sunday Presiding Bishop Louis H. Ford appointed Pastor Vernon Richardson as Bishop of the state of Nebraska at the conclusion of the 74th Annual Holy Convocation in Omaha, Nebraska.
The first week of December at the Jurisdictional setup meeting Bishop Richardson asked me what did I want in the Jurisdiction I told him would he make he the State Historian of the Church of God in Christ. Met with Bishop Richardson shared with him my four point plan to bring out Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history to elevated it before the national church. Therefore, I came up with a plan to accomplish four things in the area of history for Nebraska:
1. To have a street named after Mother Robinson.
2. To have the first church started by her and her husband protected as a historic landmark.
3. To write a nomination for the last existing home of her daughter placed on the Federal Registry of historical places.
4. To purchase the land where Mother Robinson's home used to exist, and build at Museum on it.
The first thing I shared with Bishop Richardson to do was to allow me to be the go between to communicate with the Presiding Bishop to negotiate the historical affairs of Nebraska with the national church and he agreed. I told him the strategy during his administration would be to elevate his jurisdiction before the national church through the history of Mother Lizzie Robinson.
October 1991 Mason Temples internal and external refurbishing a was taking place. The basement kitten was redone, and redoing the National sign that Mother Lizzie Robinson pit up in 1945 the day before she died.
November 8, 1991 During the Holy Convocation Presiding Bishop Ford announced through the Whole Truth that 4 historical markers pertaining to Mason Temple being accepted on the national Registry of Historic places in America would be unveiled on the grounds of Mason Temple. One of the maker will pertain to Dr. Martin Luther King giving his last speech to the world, "I have been to the mountain top before he was assassinated here in Memphis in 1968.
December 16, 1991, Hill writes Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford a letter about his press conference in Omaha. Sharing with him how he identified Mother Lizzie Robinson and as the home of our first General mother, and requested a proclamation affirming Mother Robinson’s history to the national church.
1991 The Whole Truth, writes Hill obtains proclamation of Mother Lizzie Robinson's Day of celebration from the Mayor P.J. Morgan in Omaha, Nebraska
On January 14, 1992, Elder Hill contacted the City planning department to find out how to obtain a local landmark and national federal registry landmark from the city of Omaha. Lynn Meyer the Omaha preservation administrator informed me that a deadline was coming up for January 27, 2012 to have my application submitted for the February 12, 1992 meeting.
On January 27, 1992, Elder Elijah Hill as Nebraska State historian made application as case # H1-92-4 (Robinson Memorial Church) H1-92-5 (Robinson’s House) to Omaha’s Land Heritage Preservation Commission on behalf of Elder Robert Alexander to place Mother Ida Baker’s home Mother Lizzie Robinson’s daughter’s former home on local landmark as important to Omaha’s African American history.
On January 28, 1002, Elder Hill called International Mother Mattie McGlothen informing her about wanting a letter of support from her office.
February 12, 1992, Elder Hill presented an argument of 17 documented points proving Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history and the international significance of the Church of God in Christ.
February 1990 The Whole Truth writes Hill takes his 83 year old COGIC Bishop Vernon Richardson to meet Governor Ben Nelson of Nebraska
February 20, 1992, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission’s attorney wrote a letter to Rev. Robert Alexander owner of the Robinson house to agree to allow the property to become a historical landmark.
February 24, 1992, responded back to Elder Hill on his request surrounding a street name change, on what the procedures would be to obtain such a change.
February 1992, Bishop Vernon Richardson held his inaugural Banquet The Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford returns back to speak at his banquet held at the Red Lion Inn downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Elder Hill, presented a 20 X 40 picture of Bishop Vernon Richardson, Governor E. Benjamin Nelson, and Himself when Elder Hill took Bishop Richardson to see Governor Nelson to receive an award preserving Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history.
March 12, 1992, Elder Hill host a workshop during the 75th Annual Ministers and Workers Meeting on the unique contributions to the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements of the World.
March 1992 The Whole Truth, writes Hill meets with the Nebraska Historical Society to do a slide presentation proving the historical significance of Mother Lizzie Robinson to America's history as a great humanitarian
April 10, 1992 The National Registry nomination for Historic Mason Temple assisted by Odie H. Tolbert and Wilma J. Hughey.
April 1992 The Whole Truth International paper of the Church of God in Christ wrote an article on Elder Hill getting a proclamation from Mayor P.J. Morgan recognizing Mother Lizzie Robinson to be celebrated in Omaha, Nebraska, article was called Omaha Remembers Mother Robinson.
April 2, 1992, Omaha City Council reviews the two properties locally as local landmarks.
May 7, 1992 the Street name change was officially received at the Omaha City Planning department.
July 8, 1992, from office of the Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford Memphis, TN issues proclamation of Mother Lizzie Robinson, and acknowledges Elder Elijah Hill as historian for Church of God in Christ.
July 8, 1992, The State Historical Department and Nebraska Jurisdictional Department of Women Proclamation Service for Mother Lizzie Robinson.
July 17, 1992, Elder Hill wrote the City planning department to request clarification of street naming procedures.
July 27, 1992, letter from Rod Phillips, Omaha City Manager planning department listing requirements for a Street name change requiring petition of owners along a three block stretch.
August 5, 1992, Omaha World Herald Newspaper articles states, “Council Says: Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson surrounding Street name change called Lizzie Robinson Avenue.
August 1992 Presiding Bishop Ford installs in Little Rock, Arkansas a historic plaque with the historic instruction that, "On this corner in 1897 the name Church of God in Christ was revealed to Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. "For ye brethren became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus," (I Thessalonians 2:14).
September 21-26, 1992, State of Nebraska Holy Convocation Elder Elijah Hill presents Workshop on topic, “The Genesis of the Church of God in Christ in Nebraska.
September 1992 The Whole Truth article stated, "Building Dedicated," finally in Lexington, MS the Deborah/Mason Patterson building was opened for dedication.
October 3, 1992, Newspaper Article in Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tennessee, called Street Honors L. Robinson on front page Elder Hill, wife, Mother Louise Secret, Bishop Vernon Richardson holding street sign before installed by the City of Omaha.
October 1992, The Whole Truth Newspaper of the Church of God in Christ it is titled “It Is Official Now,” holding street sign with Mother Lizzie Robinson’s Street name.
October 1992 Bishop Ford's reelection to campaign Whole Truth Paper Elder Hill and Bishop on front page.
November 6, 1992, Elder Hill brings a replica of the street sign installed in Omaha, Nebraska to Memphis, TN, at the 85th Holy Convocation. He asked our saintly Mother Mattie McGlothen to allow us to present the replica for attendees on Women’s Day to see the street sign and she had him to present it.
November 7, 1992, Bishop Vernon Richardson Elder Hill’s Bishop is asked for the first time to speak at the Holy Convocation in Memphis, TN, by Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford on Saturday of the convention.
November 1992 International Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ Memphis, TN, resolution submitted by Elder Elijah Hill to the General Assemblies resolution committee to consider a national holiday for Mother Lizzie Robinson. Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford removed the resolution from the minutes. He wanted to do it by executive order himself because it felt the church would have approved it without his decision.
November 10, 1992, Mayor of the City of Omaha appoints Rev. Elijah Hill to the City’s Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission to preserve Omaha’s heritage memory.
January 1993, Rev. Elijah Hill is appointed by the Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska to the Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission in the City of Omaha, Nebraska.
January 8, 1993, hearing in Lincoln, Nebraska surrounding nomination of Lizzie Robinson’s house to be place on the federal registry of historic places Elder Hill presented a slide presentation to Nebraska’s Historical Society’s Board for approval to go to the National Registry of historical places in Washington, D.C. Hill was accompanied by Lynn Meyer of the City of Omaha’s City planning department.
January 11, 1993, Elder Elijah Hill wrote a letter to Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford stating he would send the resolution to his office executive order, and confirming he wanted to host a celebration of her street naming in Omaha, Nebraska to plan it after the April meeting in 1993.
February 20. 1993, Elder Elijah Hill receives the Governor’s Recognition Award from Governor’s E. Benjamin Nelson for the renaissance and preservation of Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history as a global humanitarian in the state of Nebraska.
February 27, 1993, at the Red Lion Inn downtown Omaha, Nebraska, Bishop Vernon Richardson and Elder Elijah Hill receives the Governors Recognition Award for preserving Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history. The national chair Dr. Frank Ellis of the General Assembly attended the event.
February 1993 Presiding Bishop L. H. Ford announces in the Whole Truth the Centennial celebration of our founder when he was with C.P. Jones. Bishop Ford stated in the whole truth that, "But to deny or forget the 1897 date would be an injustice to those who labored to bring the organization to the point where Pentecost became a reality."
March 1993, The Whole Truth Newspaper prints article called, “State of Nebraska’s Governor’s Recognition Award.” The article sited Bishop Vernon Richardson and Elder Elijah Hill as receiving the Governor’s recognition award in Nebraska with picture standing next to then Governor E. Benjamin Nelson.
In April of 1993 Rev. Elijah Hill’s proposal and application to the Federal Registry of Historical Places in America was approved that the last remaining home of Mother Lizzie Robinson was important to America’s Religious history.
July 14, 1993, Mayor officially conducted a swearing in ceremony in the City of Omaha’s legislative chambers for Rev. Elijah Hill for his appointment to the City of Omaha’s Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission in the City of Omaha’s the City Council’s legislative Chamber.
August 19, 1993, Rev. Elijah Hill as chair of the City Commission request that the legal department of the City of Omaha research if the commission has a formal rules of order, then he requested at the next meeting for the commission to be ran via Robert’s Rules of Order as chair of the commission.
September 1993 The Whole Truth announces saint’s academy official opening in Lexington, MS after three of construction.
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September 23, 1993, The Omaha Star Newspaper ran an article in Omaha, Nebraska called, “Rev. Hill Appointed to Landmarks Commission, showing a picture of Rev. Hill and his family in the City council Chambers receiving his appointment papers from then Mayor P. J. Morgan.
September 29-October 3rd 1993 the National Trust selected Rev. Elijah Hill for Historical Preservation as a national preservationist in urban America invited him to attend their convention all-expense paid in St. Louis, Missouri that year. Rev. November 1993 Elijah Hill is selected as the chairperson of the City of Omaha’s Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Omaha Star Black owned Newspaper writes an article called “Rev. Hill, appointed to Landmarks Commission on Rev. Elijah Hill’s appointment to Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. His going to the National Trust Convention also his receiving the Governor’s Recognition Award from Nebraska Governor E. Benjamin Nelson for the renaissance of Mother Lizzie Robinson’s history as an important humanitarian the had global significance while being a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.
Hill's reveals at the 87th Holy Convocation in Memphis, TN to Presiding Bishop November 1993, L.H. Ford his historical photo collection of 500 photo, and Bishop Ford take's Hill into the Genera Board chambers and states to the General Board, “Boy is a gold mine yaw don't see it now but you watch what I say." Bishop Ford, stated you see come over here all you General Board members do you see what this young has this is real history of our Church. In all my years I have never seen a picture of the founding Father and Mother Lizzie Robinson sitting together. Bishop Ford told the General Board come on with me and young man you come with me. I had never encountered the national leadership of the church before so I was stunned, he took me to General Board office, and Bishop Ford stated, to one of the General Board members get up out of that seat and let this boy sit there. Bishop Ford addressed the whole General Board Bishop Brooks, Bishop Haynes, Bishop Green, Bishop Willis, Bishop Owens, Bishop CE Blake, Bishop Anderson, Bishop OT Jones, Jr, Bishop Winbush, Bishop I. Clemmons, and Bishop Anderson. Bishop Ford stated, now I want you all to know that this boy here is a gold mine, and you all may not believe it but you will see what I am talking about as his life goes on."
November 1993 The President of the United States of America visits the Historic Mason
June 1994 The Whole Truth Newspaper for Church of God in Christ Inc, prints this article, “First and Youngest Black To Chair Commission,” article stated Mayor P.J. Morgan appointed Elder Elijah Hill to City of Omaha’s Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission.
November 1994, Bishop Ford called in Memphis, TN where he wanted all of the Real Estate agents to come together in the COGIC to assist with a national project and Bishop Owens stood right next to me while Bishop Ford had the entire group to take a picture for historical reasons.
November 1994 1994, November I came up to the pulpit to speak with Presiding Bishop L.H. Ford after service, and I asked him Bishop Ford were you still going to have the national celebration of Mother Lizzie Robinson's life that you spoke to me about, and Bishop Owens was standing right next to us, and he stated, Bishop is this young man trying to tell you what to do? Bishop Ford stated, Bishop Owens this boy is right I told him that I would do it and I'm going to do it, and I want to and I want to appoint him as the national chair for this celebration. Bishop Ford never lived to see this event take place the next year he pasted.
March 31, 1995 Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford dies in Chicago, Illinois at 81 years old.
1996 Family we moved to Kansas City, Missouri joined Barker Temple Church of God in Christ with Bishop E. Harris Moore who was the Bishop of Missouri Western and Assistant General Secretary of the Church of God in Christ.
1997 1997 April Hill writes prophetic letter after a 5 day fast to Presiding Bishop C.D. Owens about God will heal his body before he knew he was sick
1998 Presiding Bishop C.D. Owens meets with Hill surrounding endorsing his new book on Biblical Prophecy that he didn’t know he had written such a scholarly work.15. 1998 November, Presiding Bishop C.D. Owens gives a personal endorsement at the Pyramid in Memphis at the Holy Convocation recommending Hill's book for COGIC reading. Appointed by Bishop E. Harris Moore as the Jurisdictional Historian of the Church of God in Christ.
1999 October, I met Presiding Bishop Owens in person in Kansas City, Missouri after Bishop E. Harris Moore had died. He was my Pastor and I was an adjutant escorting Bishop Owens to Bishop Moore's office, and he spoke with me that night while I was standing there, he stated Rabbi I appreciate the words you shared with me in that letter.
2000, October met Bishop Owens at the Carlton Ritz in Kansas City, Missouri he had invited me to come for breakfast to speak with me about endorsing my book on Biblical Prophecy called, "The Unsealing of the Last Things.," Bishop Owens stated now Son come sit right next to me, and I am thinking about appointing a new Bishop here in Kansas City, Missouri I am considering this man to your right Pastor W. B. Henderson do you think feel that I should appoint him." I told Bishop Owens that I knew Pastor Henderson personally he has one of the largest churches in Kansas City and he use to be my pastor he is a good man I think he should be he has a great heart for people."
That day after breakfast my Bishop Emanuel Newton didn’t know I was there at breakfast with the Presiding Bishop so he was shocked and he told one of his adjutants to escort me off of the premise he thought I had found out the special place the Bishop was at, but he didn’t not know that my RSVP was a meeting to designate a new second Bishop in my Bishop's State and he was not to know about it yet until the decision was made. When we left the Carlton Ritz my Bishop told me to leave and the Presiding Bishop Owens told him, Bring this boy with me in my Limousine I am going to endorse his book and I want to speak with him about it."
October 2000, Bishop Owens had someone call me to come to Pastor Henderson's church and he told me to come into the office, and he stated Son I am going to endorse this book we do not have many scholars that write on Eschatology in the Church I did not know you had this ability. Now I want you to write down these words for you endorsement from me as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, "It is seldom that one find the depth studious presentation presented by Prophet Elijah Hill. His interpretation of the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation is unequal and unparalleled. In this what God has revealed to him, he has made it plain that even the layperson can understand the hidden mysterious that he unfolds. The reading of this book is a must, I highly recommend that you read this book, for I know that it will enrich your life." Bishop Chandler David Owens, Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ World Wide. Son at the Holy Convocation you make sure you come up to me and remind me because I want to make an announcement of your book during our services.
November 2000, at the Holy Convocation, we were having service in the Pyramid in Memphis, TN, and I went up the pulpit the Presiding Bishop Chandler David Owens was sitting here in his seat, then I knelt down at his chair and showed him the book and the cover with his photo and endorsement. He told me, Son I really like this book design, so what do you want me to do, and I stated well Bishop you told me to remind you to announce it, and he stated then that is what I am going to do right now sit down next to me in this chair while I announce it."
2000, December, Hills writes a letter to Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson about the future of Barker Temple as an important historical piece for COGIC17. 2000, March Hill writes a prophetic letter to Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson advising him to take the church back to its history, and that it could be placed in different forms to relate to future generations. Hill gave suggestion of 15 different ideas, and G.E. Patterson came out with the prayer CD of him and Bishop Mason Praying, then later the songs the old time way.
October 2001, my wife and I went on a trip to Florida on a Cruise, and I called Bishop Owens that we would travel through Atlanta, so he asked me to come and speak for him on the Friday night I was passing through Marietta, GA, me and my wife. I spoke on the message “God’s Stock Market”, and afterwards I lifted an offering money was all over the floor and Bishop Owens stated, I didn’t tell you all to give the preacher all over your money,” it was so much.
2003 Moved to Arlington, Tx in 2003.
2005 In May 2005 at the Church of God in Christ Women’s International Convention Elder Elijah Hill releases his biography on Mother Lizzie Robinson the founding mother of the Women’s movement of the Church of God in Christ. Mother Willie Mae Rivers loves the book and speaks out of it for that convention and helps Elder Hill promote the book during that convention in Atlanta, GA.
March of 2006, the Enrichment Magazine reviews Elder Elijah Hill’s book called “Women Come Alive,” on the biography of Mother Lizzie Robinson as one of several books that are must reads for the 100th Year anniversary of Pentecostalism in America.
April 26, 2006, Elder Elijah Hill invited as one of the 15 scholars to speak at West Angels Bishop William J. Seymour Symposium during the 100th year Azusa Street Pentecostalism celebration, and Elder Hill’s topic was “Bishop Charles Harrison Mason Contending for the faith of Bishop William J. Seymour”. Write article in Whole Truth on first Assistant Presiding Bishop Blake is hosting the Seymour Forum for the 100th Year Azusa Celebration.
2006 April, Hill's was invited to Memphis by Dr. David Hall to attend his writers seminar at the COGIC Publishing House, since Dr Hall was considering a new staff of writers for the Sunday School topics.
2006, June Dr. Adrienne M. Israel who wrote the chapter on women in COGIC for Bishop Ithel Clemmons book on the life Bishop Mason. Wrote a book review of Hill's book stating his research was impeccable accurate and a great contribution to the COGIC.
2006 June, The Whole Truth Elder Hill's writes an article about the significance of 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop Charles Blake’s hosting the William Seymour Symposium during the 100th years Azusa Street Revival.
August 2006, I called Bishop Owens and shared with him about coming to his local Holy Convocation to bring my books to promote, and he stated, Son you just come on I would be delighted to have you to be my personal guest. When you get here in town call my first or second Administrative Assistant here is their phone numbers. I arrived at the Convocation and came in the door the service was going on, and I came to the front of the pulpit Bishop Owens saw me coming he and he smiled. One of his local adjutants stopped me from coming to the pulpit, and Bishop Owens came right over and told the young man, “Do you know who this is this is Prophet Elijah Hill from Dallas, Texas he is my personal guest bring him to the pulpit and seat him there.”
August 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, at Bishop Owens Holy Convocation after the service Bishop Owens had one of his adjutants to escort me out of the service when Bishop Owens left to go to his office. We sat there Bishop Owens told his administrative Assistants you see who is here this week as my guest the Prophet, and I appreciate him being here with us this week. Go get him something to eat and I don’t want him to pay for it have them to fix him whatever it wants in our kitchen. I want him to meet with me tomorrow at that favorite restaurant in Marietta that I like give him your phone number so you can get in touch with him to let him know where we are going to have lunch tomorrow.
2006 November Elder Hill speaks on “Bishop Mason’s Historic Leadership Secrets” for national Seminars 99th Holy Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee.
April 2007, Hill writes a prophetic letter encouraging the overall leadership of the COGIC not to focus division, but dignify the death of the Late Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson.
May 2007 during the 100th year Centennial Celebration of the Church of God in Christ Elder Hill, releases the Historic Photo Book of the Women’s movement that has 200 pictures of the pioneering women of the church.
2007 May Women’s Convention Hill meets with Presiding Bishop Edward Blake in private about his historic photo book, and shares his vision surrounding documenting the history of the COGIC. Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake at the meeting asked for Hill to present a proposal to him surrounding his vision to do an electronic museum with his large historic collection.
November 2007 Elder Hill speaks on “Bishop Mason’s Historic Leadership Secrets” for national Seminars 2007 November 100th Holy Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee. Elder Hill, releases his new book on Bishop William J. Seymour’s Biography and Azusa called “The Azusa Street Revival Wrapped in Swaddling Cloths lying in a Manger.” At the Bishop’s Conference in 2007 in September Elder Hill announces that he will release the Bishop’s Historic Album of pioneering Bishop’s in the Church of God in Christ. At the Bishop’s Conference in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, Chairman of the Board of Bishops Bishop John Sheard allows Elder Hill to announce the opportunity for Bishops attending his meeting to place their photos in the book before it is published in 2008.
2007 October, Hill writes a prophetic letter to overall COGIC surrounding 12 points why Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake should be voted in as the Presiding Bishop based upon parallel histories of Bishop C.H. Mason and Presiding Bishop Charles Blake.
2008 In Whole Truth Article about the COGIcMuseum.org an online museum of COGIC History the first of its kind. The Book Historic Photo Album with 200 pictures of bishops the served under Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.
Rev. Elijah Hill interviewed on KPRT Gospel Radio on December 14, 2013 surrounding his new release book, The Triumph of The Black Church
Rev. Elijah Hill in Springfield, Missouri October 4, 2013 being introduced at Assembly of God Seminary to speak before students
Rev. Elijah Hill in Springfield, Missouri October 4, 2013 being introduced at Assembly of God Television Station to speak Darrin Rogers on Mother Lizzie Robinson developing Women's ministry.
Rev. Elijah Hill celebrated at Holy Convocation 109th November 10, 2016 as 25 years as historian and documentary on
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Rev. Elijah Hill interviewed on KPRT Gospel Radio on December 14, 2013 surrounding his new release book, The Triumph of The Black Church
Rev. Elijah Hill in Springfield, Missouri March 4, 2013 being introduced at Assembly of God Seminary to speak before students on Bishop Charles Harrison Mason
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