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February 20, 2015

For the first installment of our Staff Spotlight series, we sit down with Public Services Assistant Taja Jones to learn about her roles at PHS and what makes her tick. 

What do you do at PHS?

I draft letters for the Reference Archivists and retrieve materials for visiting researchers. I also conduct many of the Genealogy Research Service requests and manage the Facebook page. 

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a native Philadelphian and avid concertgoer (I’m...

February 13, 2015

As part of our commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches 50 years ago, we are sharing the reflections of two PHS friends who traveled to Alabama in 1965: J. Oscar McCloud and Louis Weeks. Each has told us in their own words about their experiences. 

Louis Weeks is a retired President and Professor of Historical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. A...

February 13, 2015

As part of our commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches 50 years ago, we are sharing the reflections of two PHS friends who traveled to Alabama in 1965: J. Oscar McCloud and Louis WeeksEach has told us in their own words about their experiences. 

J. Oscar McCloud is the Associate Pastor Emeritus at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY. The...

February 12, 2015

Fifty years ago this March, Americans witnessed a rapid and tumultuous turning point in the Civil Rights movement. After the “Bloody Sunday” attacks on African-American marchers in Selma, religious leaders from across the country called on their followers to support the non-violent protests for equal voting rights in the South. Presbyterians joined many others in heeding that call.

A focus on voting rights in Alabama was not new. Frustrated by the continued use of intimidation, poll taxes, and literacy tests to prevent blacks from registering to vote, African-American activists in...

February 11, 2015

On March 21, 1965, thousands of people gathered in the fields around Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, with helicopters above and National Guardsmen lining the road to Montgomery. Some came on foot, some came in a convoy of Trailways buses, and one with a 16-mm camera came by air.

PHS has recently digitized two reels of film shot on site during the third Selma march on behalf of the UPCUSA Board of National Missions. In the first reel, color film depicts a group led by Kenneth G. Neigh of the UPCUSA Board...

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