How Evangelist J. Gordon McPherson, Often Called the ‘Black Billy Sunday,’ Drew Blacks and Whites Together in 1920s Gulfport


One Sunday morning in June 1924, thousands of Mississippians — Black and white — flocked to a bayou in Gulfport, along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Together they watched dozens of new converts, dressed in spotless white, slip beneath the waters of Bayou Bernard and reemerge. As the congregation sang, the preacher shouted: “In obedience to the great […]

How Evangelist J. Gordon McPherson, Often Called the ‘Black Billy Sunday,’ Drew Blacks and Whites Together in 1920s Gulfport