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Bishop Imagene Stewart

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Georgia
Favorite Quote:
If I can be of help, that's what I'm here for.

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1942
Birth Location:
Dublin, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pig Feet
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Georgia
Favorite Quote:
If I can be of help, that's what I'm here for.

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1942
Birth Location:
Dublin
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Biography

Social activist, pastor and founder of the Washington, D.C. based House of Imagene Shelter and Women’s Center Bishop Imagene Bigham Stewart was born on January 23, 1942 in Dublin, Georgia.

Stewart arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1963 to participate in the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. After the march, she became ill and never returned home to Georgia. In the mid-1960s, Stewart was homeless and survived by living in Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Park. She eventually found a job at the Government Printing Office where she worked full-time. Although she was gainfully employed, Stewart never forgot the hardships she faced as a homeless person and was inspired to open her own shelter. She managed to set aside time to organize volunteers and found boarder rooms to house thirty homeless people. Stewart then gained the interest of the late Mayor Walter E. Washington with her plans of opening a shelter, and with a meager budget, she was able to purchase property for the opening of the House of Imagene Shelter and Women’s Center in 1972. That same year, Stewart earned her A.A. degree from the University of the District of Columbia.

The House of Imagene is the first Washington, D.C. based shelter founded by an African American woman. It is comprised of two satellite centers: a shelter for battered women and children, and a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless veterans and their families.

Stewart went on to become the pastor of the Greater Pearly Gates Baptist Church. She also worked as a radio personality for WOL radio in Washington, D.C. In 1992, Stewart was honored with the prestigious Living Dream Award for her service to battered women and the homeless. In 1993, Stewart served as the National Chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary and as the director of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

Stewart was interviewed by the HistoryMakers on January 30, 2008.

Stewart passed away on May 30, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bishop Imagene Stewart's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her early experiences of discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her father's role in her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers her pregnancies
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes the influence of her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes the H.T. Jones Village in Dublin, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her father's preaching circuit
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers picking cotton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her early understanding of pregnancy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers Susie Dasher Elementary School in Dublin, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her sons' father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Bishop Imagene Stewart recalls her start as a civil rights activist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her sisters' social circle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers joining the SCLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her commitment to patriotism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her commitment to patriotism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers the Citizenship Education Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her political affiliations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart recalls picketing the Belk Matthews Company store in Dublin, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about segregation in Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers leaving Dublin, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart recalls her decision to remain in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers joining Walter Washington's mayoral office in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart recalls how she came to open the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart recalls working at the U.S. Government Printing Office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart shares her perspective on black liberation theology, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart shares her perspective on black liberation theology, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her sons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her early work at the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her approach to victims of domestic violence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about the problem of homelessness among veterans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about fundraising for the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes the counseling services at the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bishop Imagene Stewart reflects upon the legacy of the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about the Ebony Women's Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her husband
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bishop Imagene Stewart reflects upon her work at the House of Imagene Shelter and Women's Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about domestic violence in the civil rights community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about her awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes the Pearly Gate Baptist Mission in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bishop Imagene Stewart talks about the National Black Republican Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Bishop Imagene Stewart remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Bishop Imagene Stewart describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Bishop Imagene Stewart narrates her photographs