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September 1, 2020

On August 27, 2020, David Staniunas and Sonia Prescott led a Zoom webinar that looked at the African American Leaders & Congregations collecting initiative.

In recent years, PHS has brought human and capital resources to bear on collecting records of the African American Presbyterian experience--both the original records of African American congregations, and documentation of people’s lives and ministries. As a corrective measure for what Presbyterian historians have called a “historically...

August 19, 2020

In 1970 the UPCUSA Council on Church and Race issued a $10,000 grant to the legal defense fund of Angela Davis, occasioning a furore inside the denomination that many Presbyterians remain reluctant to mention out loud to this day. In light of the tumult, a group of Black ministers contributed $10,000 of their own back to COCAR, to make the denomination whole.

In September 1972, following the UPCUSA General...

June 16, 2020

Many of us were looking forward to visiting Baltimore in June of this year for General Assembly. Even though General Assembly will now be a virtual occasion, we can still reflect on the historic nature of the city and its connection to the PCUSA and General Assemblies past.

One of many historic events that happened in Baltimore occurred in 1976 when Thelma Cornelia Davidson Adair was elected and became the first African American woman Moderator of the General Assembly for the...

February 19, 2020

Recently processed and now available for research at PHS are the personal papers of two prominent African American leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Gayraud Wilmore and J. Oscar McCloud.

Rev. Wilmore’s papers were brought to the Society by his son Jack and daughter-in-law Carmen in July 2019. Rev. McCloud began donating his papers to the Society in 1999 and also deposited the last few boxes in July. Since then, I've had the privilege to prepare both collections for researchers.

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February 18, 2020

--by Lisa Jacobson, Senior Reference Archivist

As Presbyterians around the country prepare to gather in Baltimore for the 224th General Assembly this summer, the Presbyterian Historical Society is highlighting Baltimore’s Presbyterian history. Today we look at two historically African American congregations: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Grace Presbyterian Church. 

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

For at least 175 years,...

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