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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,...

June 8, 2022

Here's how PHS archivists served our constituents over the winter and early spring!

Our digitization team imaged more than 12,600 pages of text and images in the quarter. Two new participants in our African American Leaders and Congregations initiative were among them: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Faith Presbyterian Church (...

May 25, 2022
Interior of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, before 1898 / Peace march, Atlanta, 1969.

The 224th General Assembly of the PC(USA) called on the whole church to enact corporate repentance, approving On the Church in This Moment in History--Responding to the Sin of Racism and a...

May 17, 2022

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


April 26, 2022

We're saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Alvin N. Puryear, a friend of PHS and member of our board, a management expert and a leader in the PC(USA). Beloved father of Pamela, Susan, and Karen, Al is well-known here for his role in securing the release of Ben Weir from Hezbollah custody in 1984.


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