By Mark Moore

Hi Claude,

I think this may give you goosebumps!!!

Ferdinand Accooe as a New York All Star

Ferdinand Accooe as a New York All Star, circa 1910.

I just found out that there is a continuous connected unbroken circle between the funeral of form New York Renaissance player John Isaacs, former Black Fives Era basketball star Ferdinand Accooe, and you, Claude.

I know you’re thinking what the heck am I talking about?

Remember earlier this year when you spoke at John Isaacs’ funeral at the Metropolitan A.M.E Church?

Well exactly 100 years ago, in 1909, that was the location of the Lincoln Theater, and the Bishop Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose pastor was the Reverend John Harris “J.H.” Accooe, the father of Ferdinand Accooe.

According to the 1909 Edition of the World Facts and Encyclopedia, Rev. “J.H” Accooe was the pastor of the Bishop Chapel A.M.E. Church, which was located at 60 West 135th Street, which is next door to the current Metropolitan A.M.E Church at 58 West 135th Street.

You were at a funeral honoring a legend, Mr. Isaacs, at the location where Rev. Accooe preached the gospel every Sunday, with his son Ferdinand Accooe sitting in the front row, who at that time was a member of the Smart Set Athletic Club basketball team, and from where he would go home to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and hang out with his friends Teddy Horne and Charles Scottron (whose sister he later married).

So Mr. Isaacs, a black basketball legend, was laid to rest at the location where another black basketball legend, Ferdinand Accooe, attended church on Sundays, and where his father Rev. Accooe gave many funeral eulogies.

And you connected all of them together, Mr. Isaacs in body and spirit, and the spirit of Ferdinand Accooe and his father, when you spoke at the funeral remembering the past, in the present — as you say “making history now!”


(Mark Moore is the great-great-great grandson of Ferdinand Accooe’s uncle, James Accooe, the brother or Rev. “J.H.” Accooe — he is also the Accooe Family historian.)