Former Uvalde resident and prominent televangelist the Rev. Harvey Ben Kinchlow, 82, of Virginia died on July 18, 2019.
He was born in Uvalde on Dec. 27, 1936, to Jewel (Gafford) and Harvey Kinchlow. His father was a Methodist minister, and his mother was a teacher, then principal at the Nicolas Street School, a segregated single-story brick schoolhouse in Uvalde that operated from 1938 to 1955.
Kinchlow, who was educated at the school, stated in a letter published in the May 10, 2009, edition of the Leader-News, “Nicolas Street School provided the foundation for generations of young Americans, who happened to be black, to go on to become military veterans, successful businessmen and women, homemakers and clergy. We were taught in the two-room, two-teacher, four-classes-to-a-room building, that limitations were placed on us not by segregation, but by ourselves. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” recited “The Lord’s Prayer,” and diligently studied “reading, ’riting and ’rithmatic” under the watchful eyes of dedicated (paid less than half their white counterparts) teachers.”
He returned to Uvalde in November of 2012 to attend a ceremony to dedicate the Texas Historical Commission plaque at the Nicholas Street School.
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