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September 6, 2021
Roanoke Virginia, 1891, First Presbyterian Church, upper right. and approximate location of lynching, lower left, via Library of Congress

In September of 1893, in Roanoke, Virginia, a Black man named Thomas Smith was accused of assaulting and robbing a white woman, run down by a lynch mob, and hanged and mutilated from a hickory tree at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Franklin Road. Following the lynching, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, William...

September 3, 2021

On 17 May 1968, in Minneapolis, after the election of a new moderator, and congratulations from the former, a preacher took the dais of the 180th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Ralph Abernathy had been president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for less than six weeks, working in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He visited the Assembly seeking help to fund the Poor People's March. You can hear part of his address in...

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...

July 29, 2021

In between winter's renewed quaratine and the summer's burgeoning Delta variant, Americans returned to their restaurants, offices, and churches. Our constituents learned from a year of remote work and remote worship exactly how to administrate church work in a new way. And individual and group researchers looked for the pure stuff of remembrance and witness. All this and more shaped our work in the archives in the spring of 2021.


July 12, 2021

Jean Kim, Presbyterian minister and tireless advocate for the homeless, died over the weekend of July 10-11. PHS recalls her work and ministry. 

Born in Korea in 1935, her family fled the north of the country in 1946. She completed a bachelor of Divinity at Han Shin Graduate School of Theology in 1959. Kim immigrated to the United States in 1970, and completed a Master of Social Work at St....

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