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- Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project funded by the Lilly Endowment.
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- George W. Bennett served twenty-three years in prison for two charges of robbery and later was ordained by the Pentecostal Church.
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Bennett, George W., 1898-
George W. Bennett manuscript, 1967-1977.
The George W. Bennett Manuscript consists of several drafts for a book he was writing. The manuscript contains an explanation of Bennett's philosophy of life and his perspective on society, as well as interpretations of several Biblical selections.
George W. Bennett served twenty-three years in prison for two charges of robbery and later was ordained by the Pentecostal Church. Born in Edenton, North Carolina, Bennett worked as a laborer after completing grade school. In 1932 he was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison. After serving four and one half years in jail Bennett claimed to have had religious visions and believed he had undergone a spiritual rebirth. He was transferred to Dannemoria State Hospital for the criminally insane in 1937 after telling prison doctors of his religious experiences. Later at Clinton prison he worked as Secretary for the Protestant chaplain, and was released from jail in 1955.
Bennett was ordained by the Pentacostal Church and planned to form his own church to be known as The King's Church of God. He wrote three books describing his life and religious beliefs: "Life Behind the Walls of My Self-Made Fate "(1964), an autobiography; "The Meaning of Eternal Life "(1966), and "The Reality of God and the Interpretation of Being "(1971) all of which were published by Vantage Press.
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Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project funded by the Lilly Endowment.
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Sc MG 240