Frederick G. Sampson papers: 1970-2008
Summary Information
Title: Frederick G. Sampson papers
Creator: Sampson, Frederick G. (Frederick George), 1928-2001
Inclusive dates: 1970-2008
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Church documents and personal papers of Dr. Frederick G. Sampson II, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Detroit Mich., noted lecturer and keynote speaker, and member of various commissions and boards dedicated to human rights, community outreach, and community education.
Call number: 2010019 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by B. Myerowitz, 2010

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Collection received from Freda G. Sampson, daughter of Frederick Sampson, in 2010 (donor no. 10305).

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The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Frederick G. Sampson papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Frederick G. Sampson II was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 9, 1928 and started his career teaching mathematics in his hometown. His work as a Baptist minister began in Texarkana, Arkansas and eventually led him to the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, where he served from 1971 until his death in 2001.

Dr. Sampson earned numerous degrees: two bachelors from Bishop College; bachelor's and a master's degree from Howard University; and master's degrees from Columbus State University and the University of Louisville. He earned his doctoral degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and earned certificates and honorary degrees from several other colleges and universities. In 1984 and again in 1993 Ebony Magazine named Dr. Sampson one of the 15 Greatest Black Preachers in America.

Dr. Sampson lectured at colleges and universities across the country, conducted numerous yearly revivals, created study courses and other materials for the Baptists and for the YMCA, and broadcast regularly on the radio. His work included conducting conferences on black male spirituality, planning the 1965 voting rights march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and serving as president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Frederick G. Sampson collection includes personal and church related papers that document his professional work and church activities from 1970 until his death in 2001. In addition, there is some information about the Foundation established in his name. The papers are arranged in the following series: Pastoral Career and Personal Papers.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • African American churches -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African American clergy -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African American men -- Conduct of life.
  • African American men -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Baptists, Black -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Civil rights -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Clergy -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Church history.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations.
  • Photographs.
  • Sampson, Frederick G. (Frederick George), 1928-2001.
  • Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (Detroit, Mich.)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Pastoral career [series]

The Pastoral Career series contains event programs, newsletters, souvenir books, and papers related to church procedures and policies during Dr. Sampson's career at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Sampson conducted a yearly conference on the family and black male spirituality at Tabernacle, which drew about 1000 men and youths to the church each year. The programs, brochures, and publicity materials for African American Male Spirituality Week, from 1992 through 2001, are included. In addition, there are programs from Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where Dr. Sampson served as pastor from 1960-1971.

Box   1  
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church programs 1961-1969 (scattered)
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Box   1  
Church history 1990
Anniversary booklet
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Souvenir Book and program for dedication of new facilities 2005
Events and services
Box   1  
Weekly church service programs 1996, 2000
Box   1  
Miscellaneous church event flyers and brochures 1971-2000
Box   1  
Charles Bolden Jr. project 1986
Box   1  
African American Male Spirituality Week 1992-2001 (10 folders)
Box   1  
Neighborhood block party 1992, 1994
Box   1  
Sermon list 1977-1997
Box   1  
Newsletters 1975-2000 (scattered)
Box   1  
Miscellaneous documents

(includes policies and procedures, and other miscellanea)

Personal papers [series]

Dr. Sampson's Personal Papers contain: handwritten notes, writings, a book by Dr. Sampson, and other writings related to his work in the community. Biographical information includes newspaper clippings, photographs of church activities and individual portraits, funeral programs, and obituaries for Dr. Sampson and his wife. A copy of Dr. Sampson's book," The Romance of Theology in the Black Experience," 1980, is included.

Writings, sermons, speaking events
Box   1  
"The Romance of Theology in the Black Experience," by Dr. F. G. Sampson 1980
Box   1  
Miscellaneous papers
Box   1  
Box   1  
WMUZ radio broadcast text 1997
Speaking events, flyers and brochures
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Newspaper clippings
Box   1  
Box   2  
"Celebration of the Life Long God Strong Ministry" honoring Dr. Frederick Sampson II 1996

(includes programs, souvenir book, planning documents and other miscellanea)

Box   2  
Frederick G. Sampson Foundation

(includes brochures for sponsored events and one audio CD)

Biographical information, funeral program, obituary
Box   2  
Frederick Sampson 2001
Box   2  
Earlene Sampson 1996
Oversize Folder   1  
Resolutions from Michigan Civil Rights Commission 1983 and from the State of Michigan, 1994; also congratulatory document from the United States 104th Congress 1983-1994