Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson Artifacts Displayed At The Smithsonian

Posted on September 8, 2016


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One of Memphis’ most well-known pastors will have his legacy continued as part of a new Smithsonian museum.
Artifacts from the past of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson will be on display in just two weeks at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
His friends said they hope it will keep his legacy alive.
“It’s an honor for Memphis, but also an honor for the religious community because he stood among giants,” Deidre Malone said.
From being a pastor at Church of God in Christ to founding the rapidly growing Bountiful Blessings Ministries, he has touched the lives of millions. Patterson was the first ever pastor to be a televangelist.
Now, months after his death and just two days before his birthday, his artifacts will be displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
“His footprint is not just a Memphis footprint. It’s an international footprint,” Malone said.
But, it’s unclear what artifacts will be placed inside the walls. Patterson’s wife, Evangelist Louise D. Patterson was asked to send 20 artifacts so the museum could choose what they wanted to use. But, long-time friend Malone said just knowing he will be placed among the greats is special enough, regardless of the artifacts chosen.
Bishop Patterson was invited to give a prayer at George W. Bush’s prayer breakfast,” Malone said. 
She said through this museum and Bountiful Blessings, his memory will live on.
“Those individuals who lost their way and can even hear a sermon of his that may make them think twice about what they’re doing,” Malone said.
It’s also a chance for Memphians to be reminded of one of their own that made history.
“Great grandchildren may not know who he is, but being able to tour that museum and learn a little about him will go a long way for Memphis, the Mid-South, and the world,” Malone said.
I am hearing that the tickets for the first day the museum opens are all sold out.