Source: Rockford Weekly Gazette, January 31, 1867
ministry began in 1977, at Macedonia Baptist Church (2 years), then St. Paul Church of God in Christ
Executive Director for the Open Door Mission
served as Jail Chaplain for the Rockford Police Dept.
first African-American anchor of a Gospel radio program called the Gospel Hour.
Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014, p 31
born in Jackson, Mississippi
dedicated himself to urging members of the Black community to vote
pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 1966
founded Church of the Eleventh Hour Saints in 1972
served on boards and was advisor to others (listed in article)
Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014, p 30
pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptists Church for 4 decades
In 1995, the City of Rockford named a street after him. Wall Street was renamed Salter Avenue which runs in front of New Zion Baptist Church.
Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014, p 29
“Early Black Religious Leaders”
Gilbert and his wife, Irene Penn Gilbert, entered The American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, TN.
Co-founded several groups organized to address racial issues.
He is the first African-American to be awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree from Rockford College.
He was named one of Rockford’s Most Significant Citizens 1900 – 1950, and another from 1950-1999.
Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March, 2014, p 28
Face Factory Cosmetics
Devra I Banz, Manager
7200 Harrison Avenue, Cherry Valley
Source: 1982 Rockford City Directory
Judge Lisa Fabiano
Daughter of attorney Tony Fabiano
Elected last November (2008) to the 17th Circuit Court bench
Source: Rockford Register Star, 05/25/2009
Rock Valley College Associates Degree
to attend Wisconsin-Milwaukee
was an intern for WGN Chicago 2013
pp 12-13, portrait photo
3 additional photographs, p 21
Source: Chromelight II magazine, January – March 2014
Residence: 710 Benton
Source: 1880 Rockford City Directory