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Reverend Frances Murphy Draper

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
I Will Bless The Lord At All Times; His Praise Shall Continually Be In My Mouth.

Birthplace

Born:
12/18/1947
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
I Will Bless The Lord At All Times; His Praise Shall Continually Be In My Mouth.

Birthplace

Born:
12/18/1947
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Born on December 18, 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland, the Reverend Frances Murphy Draper is the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Afro-American. Draper attended Morgan State University, earning a B.A. in Spanish education in 1969, and then enrolled in Johns Hopkins University to earn a M.Ed. in 1973. Draper then attended the University of Maryland, earning an M.B.A. in 1981, and picked up graduate credits at St. Mary's Seminary before receiving an M.S. in pastoral counseling in 1996 from Loyola College in Baltimore. That same year, she received a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

After completing her bachelor's degree, Draper began teaching in the Baltimore public schools in 1969 and continued to do so for four years. Joining the family business in 1973, she became the manager of the New Jersey edition of the Afro-American. In 1976, she left the paper to become an account executive at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, before returning to her alma mater of Morgan State to serve as an assistant vice president of development in 1978. She remained there for eight years, becoming an instructor in 1984, and then returned to the Afro-American in 1986 as president. Leaving the paper for a second time in 1999, Draper is today the pastor of Freedom Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Baltimore, formerly known as John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church.

As a lifelong citizen of Baltimore, Draper has been extraordinarily active in the community. She serves as vice hair of the Board of Regents of Morgan State University, treasurer of the Board of the Afro-American Newspapers and Loyola College, has served on the boards of the United Way of Central Maryland and Loyola University Maryland and was the vice chairperson of the Baltimore's Literacy Foundation. Three times she has been honored as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, and she has been placed in the Maryland Circle of Excellence for women demonstrating sustained achievement. Draper and her husband live in Baltimore. They have four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Frances Murphy Draper's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper identifies her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about her father's family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about her maternal grandfather, John H. Murphy, Sr. and the founding of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about her father's personality and career in the music industry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes working at the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper as a girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about playing sports as a little girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her childhood neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes the influence of the church in her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper lists her favorite musicians growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about meeting Smokey Robinson in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper remembers touring with her father and her step-mother, singer Damita Jo
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper remembers 'The Buddy Deane Show'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her elementary school experiences in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about playing sports in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her experience at William H. Lemmel Junior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her experience at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about the 1963 March on Washington in Washington, D.C. and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her experience at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper remembers her teachers from Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her high school career interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about meeting her husband and starting a family in her sophomore year of college at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about teaching in Maryland middle schools and relocating to New Jersey to run the New Jersey Afro-American
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about working for Merrill Lynch and Morgan State University as assistant vice president of development in university relations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper explains how she became president of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes how she became president of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper explains how she assumed control of the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes problems she encountered as the new president of the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about the consequences of replacing the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper's senior management
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes Operation Afro and the difficulties new management experienced at the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes the Baltimore Afro-American's readership and influence base
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes making her transition into the A.M.E. Zion Church ministry in 1991
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper explains what influenced her to become a pastor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about doing outreach work in the Baltimore, Maryland community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes the demographics in her congregation at the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper remembers a moment with a young member of the congregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about the presence of young people in the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes the vision of the John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper describes her hopes and concerns for the African American demographic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper considers her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper considers what in her life she would have done differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper remembers an early civil rights organizing experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper talks about her maternal family's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper considers how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Frances Murphy Draper narrates her photographs