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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,...

May 17, 2022

As part of our intensifying documentation of Black Presbyterian churches, PHS has recently digitized the original records of Faith Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia's Germantown, the family church of our Director of Development, Luci Duckson-Bramble.


March 31, 2022
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, 1995. Pearl ID: islandora:171115

PHS is excited to spotlight some developments made in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. Researchers can now view the first installment of records from the Burke Library at Union Theological...

March 18, 2022

Lucy Craft Laney was many things. A college graduate, a loving daughter and sister, a fervent and faithful Presbyterian, an educator, a leader, and the headstrong founder of the Haines Institute—these are only some of the things that characterize the history and far-reaching influence of her life.

A Learned Adolescence: Lucy’s Childhood and Teenage Years

Lucy Craft Laney was born on April 13, 1854, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who bought his and his wife’s freedom twenty years before the birth of their child. Theirs was a large...

February 25, 2022

On February 24, Public Services Associate Sonia Prescott spoke with Reverend Jimmie Hawkins about his new book, Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America.

As the Director of the Office of Public Witness, Jimmie Hawkins continues the Presbyterian tradition of advocating for a more just world through public policy. Prescott and Hawkins discussed topics relating to his book, including what compelled him to write about the history of Black protest in America, how Presbyterians have been involved in movements for racial equality, what the PC(USA) can do to...

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