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January 7, 2022

A devoted city minister with a peripatetic career, a fraternal worker in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, and a longtime tender of the vineyard, Rev. Casper Isaiah Glenn turned 100 years old on January 9th. We pause for an appreciation of his life so far.

Born on a farm in Winnsboro, S.C. Glenn spent his entire ministerial career in city churches. He spent two years at the Presbyterian-organized Coulter Memorial Academy (Cheraw, S.C.) before transferring to Lincoln University,...

January 7, 2022
Barber-Scotia College (Concord, N.C.) Graduation. [Pearl ID: 7314]

“I went as a Negro, I became Black, April 4th, 1968.”

- Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon speaking about being a student at Barber-Scotia College when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce a new subject guide to records in our...

November 11, 2021

In November of 1956 the young pastor Joseph Metz Rollins delivered a sermon called "Faithful to Christ's Command." The Southern church (the PCUS denomination) that paid most of his salary had moved to rescind support, calling his congregation "nothing but a headquarters for integration." Metz, already working nights as a hospital orderly, was threatened with poverty. He asked his church to take up the cross with him.


September 20, 2021 to November 15, 2021

On September 16, 2021, PHS Records Archivist David Staniunas was joined by Rev. J. Oscar McCloud and Rev. Dr. Gene Turner for a discussion about the UPCUSA and the Angela Davis Legal Defense Fund.

In 1970, the UPCUSA—a predecessor denomination of the PC(USA)—contributed $10,000 to the legal defense of Angela Yvonne Davis. Facing blowback and seeking tranquility, twenty Black Presbyterian ministers contributed $10,000 back to the Church. Hear from two witnesses moment: Oscar McCloud, at the time staff of the Commission...

August 9, 2021

"The Negroes and the Puerto Ricans have had it."

So wrote Graydon McClellan, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of New York, in a 1965 pastoral letter supporting the activism of one of its minister members, Milton Arthur Galamison, who had just led a march of students through Harlem in protest of the continued segregation of New York's public schools, and the subordinate treatment of Black and Puerto Rican children. 

"Mr. Galamison dramatically represents that fact. The people he leads are not out to win our favor or approbationbut to win educational...

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