November 15, 1962: Bishop C.L. Mortin dies

On this day in 1962, Bishop C.L. Morton, Sr. joined the ancestors.

Morton was born in Chatham, Ontario on July 9, 1897. He had led Mount Zion Full Gospel Church in Windsor and in Detroit and was a leader in the Church of God in Christ denomination until his death. Morton’s popular radio broadcast aired on CKLW-AM 800, beginning in 1936 each Sunday at 2 p.m.

In this rare video, the respected and revered Detroit-area clergy man and broadcaster is shown baptizing congregants in the Detroit River. His home going service is also shown in the video.

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Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.