Coon, Coon, who ate the Coon?


                       Our Church, Evergreen Full Gospel Baptist had planned on hosting its fifth annual anniversary in September 1970. The guest speaker was going to be Rev. John Whitelaw from Chicago, Ill. Rev. Whitelaw was from Mount Bayou, Mississippi but he had left there and came to St Louis, stayed here a couple years where he met and married his wife Susanna and moved to Chicago and started his Church, Holy Cross Full Gospel Baptist.  He would speak during the services on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:00 pm, and twice on Sunday morning at the 11:00 am service and again at 4:30 pm that afternoon. We would serve dinner between these services.


Rev. Whitelaw was a humorous fun loving and fun seeking jovial kind of fellow, who could always be counted on to play or tell a joke on people. He was fun to be around and everyone was always holding their sides from laughing so hard at his antics. The Food Service Committee inquired as to what Rev Whitelaw would like to have on the menu for the dinner. His response was he would like to have Mother Conner who was the top chef of the family to cook him a Coon.


7 thoughts on “Coon, Coon, who ate the Coon?

  1. Hi, Brenda! Great job getting your introduction posted first. I would also love to know what the Food Service Committee served during dinners before Rev. Whitelaw’s request for coon. It might be fun to juxtapose what “typical” dinner requests looked like before this particular dinner. Best of luck revising your draft!

  2. This is a great, great title, Brenda, that piques the reader’s interest. I wonder if you can show us what Rev. Whitelaw is like in your opening paragraph rather than telling us about him. Show him in action, perhaps connected to food, and then, later in the essay, you can fill us in on some of his biographical information. Remember: you get to structure your paper however you’d like and don’t have to follow a strict narrative chronology.

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