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December 5, 2022
James (left) and Melva (right) Costen at the Interdenominational Theological Center celebration dinner for James' presidency, October 7, 1993 [RG 538, Box 11]

The James and Melva Costen Papers have been processed as Record Group 538, and the guide to the records is now available:

December 1, 2022
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, circa 2000s. Pearl ID: islandora:171117

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce the completion of the second phase of an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of womanist theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. Researchers can now view the entirety of records from The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University Libraries) in the...

November 11, 2022

Vera Swann, a Presbyterian mission worker and educator whose family helped secure an end to segregated public education, died on November 10. She was 91.

She was born Vera Pearl Poe, April 11, 1931 in Cheraw, South Carolina, one of three sisters, and grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. Vera was educated at the Presbyterian Coulter Academy, and at Johnson C. Smith University, where she met Darius Leander Swann.

The couple were married in 1952 and began work as...

November 2, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to announce the online publishing of the sermons of the Rev. Milton Arthur Galamison. The sermons, spanning 1963 to 1965, are available in Pearl Digital Collections.

Beginning in 1964, ...

June 17, 2022

One night in 1964 James Foster Reese, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church on the campus of Knoxville College, sped down a Wilcox County Alabama highway, ferrying two injured white ministers to safety in Selma. He killed the headlights and didn't stop. The men in the back,...

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