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Reverend Clay Evans
709 E. Jefferson St, Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum

Clay Evans was born in Brownsville, Tennessee in 1925. After graduating from Carver High School, he attended seminary school at the Chicago Baptist Institute, later the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago Divinity School.  In 1950, he was ordained a Baptist minister.  Eight years later Evans founded the Fellowship Baptist Church. He quickly became involved in the Civil Rights movement.  In 1965, Rev. Evans joined Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to promote the movement in Chicago, and in 1971 helped found Operation PUSH to encourage major companies in Chicago to hire more African Americans and to extend business ties with the black community.  Between 1971 and 1976, Evans served as chairman of the organization and currently serves as its chairman emeritus.  In 1990, he released the first of a series of successful gospel and inspirational recordings. His 1995 recording I’ve Got a Testimony earned him the Stellar Gospel Music Award for Album of the Year in 1996.  Evans retired in 2000 as pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago after 42 years.  The following year, a segment of State Route 19 in Haywood County was named in honor of Evans.

Dunbar-Carver Residential District