Early Organizing Efforts
At the invitation of Thomas H. Brown of Petersburg, Virginia, an organizing meeting for a black funeral directors group convened on October 24, 1928 at Brown Funeral Home in Petersburg, Virginia. The meeting was called to order and C.V. Wilson of Lynchburg was appointed chairman and J.T. Fisher of Portsmouth appointed secretary. At this organizing meeting, Mr. Brown outlined his plans and objectives for the organization, which were accepted and approved by the attendees.
During this first meeting, the group also formed three committees and appointed the following individuals 1) the Constitution, By-Laws and Name Committee, members appointed were R.W. Jones, Thomas Cook of Suffolk and Thomas H. Brown of Petersburg, 2) the Officer’s Committee, members appointed were W.T. Jackson of Petersburg, W. C. Arnold and W. H. Satterfield of Hampton and 3) the Place and Time Committee, members appointed were G. H. Weldon of Oldhams, J. M. Epps and H. Jackson of Petersburg. Chairman Wilson called for registration of anyone present who wished to become a member. It was agreed upon that each member would be assessed two dollars for joining dues and an additional one dollar for the expense fund. The following individuals were registered and paid the initial fees: A. D. Price, Jr., Moses Forcey, H. H. Robinson, G. H. Weldon, W. H. Satterfield, Thomas H. Brown, William Johnson, H. Jackson J.C. Corprew, W. C. Arnold, R. C. Scott, T. E. Cook, C. V. Wilson, J. T. Fisher, R. W. Jones, J.W. Weldon and James M. Wilkerson.
The meeting was recessed until 3:00 P.M. to await the report of the committees. The group meeting became so large that it had to be moved to the Silver Leaf Club Auditorium which was directly across the street from the Brown Funeral Home.