Vol 20, Issue 3

What's in Your Archive?

A painting entitled "When Black Men Gather" that I commissioned Jihmye Collins to do. It is from a photo taken on the last day of the 2004 Black Men Gathering of five young men at Louis Gregory gravesite. I contacted Jihmye and asked if he could do a painting of the brothers for me. He agreed and used his considerable artistic skills to come up with this amazing masterpiece!

Why did this item go into your archive?

This item is in our archive because it is a forever reminder of the love fostered at the gathering and more importantly because of the love Jimhye poured into creating a such an outstanding piece of art that we will be passed down to generations to come.

Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?

It’s important to have an archive because the Faith is still in its infancy, an archive will tell the story of these early days of Faith to future Bahá’ís, and others.


To submit a story or item from your archive, i.e. photograph, material, item, etc, write to bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org with a photo and answers to the question: Why did this item go in your archive? Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?

To learn more about the National Archive Campaign: Preserving our Spiritual Heritageread the Bahá’í Fund Bulletin and The American Bahá’í magazine. Keep an eye out for videos, kids’ content, and more! 

To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.