In 1923, the Board of Home Missions (PCUSA) was reconstituted as the Board of National Missions. At that time, the Board of Missions for Freedmen, which the Board of Home Missions had created in 1865 to minister to freed African-American slaves, became the BNM's Division of Work for Colored People (later called the Unit of Work with Colored People). The Associate Secretary for this work under the old board had been John M. Gaston; he was promoted to Secretary of the Division of Work for Colored People, and he remained in that post until retirement in 1938. He was succeeded by Dr. A.B. McCoy, who retired in 1950. In 1950, McCoy was succeeded by Jesse Belmont Barber. In 1951, the Unit's name was changed to Department of Work in Atlantic, Blue Ridge and Canadian Synods, and in 1959 to Work in the South. The following year, the few remaining projects were shifted to the Departments of Educational and Medical Work and Town and Country Church Work.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Very few records of the early BNM work with African-Americans have survived. RG 301.10 contains scattered records of the Division of Work for Colored People from 1930-1938, although all of the series contain one or two older items and one or two more recent items. The bulk of the collection consists of a file on schools for African-American children operated in the Southeastern part of the country--these files include correspondence, reports and newsletters. Other records in the collection include reports, articles, lesson materials and photographs.
NOTES TO THE RESEARCHER
Record Group 143 was reprocessed to form this collection.