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August 19, 2020

In 1970 the UPCUSA Council on Church and Race issued a $10,000 grant to the legal defense fund of Angela Davis, occasioning a furore inside the denomination that many Presbyterians remain reluctant to mention out loud to this day. In light of the tumult, a group of Black ministers contributed $10,000 of their own back to COCAR, to make the denomination whole.

In September 1972, following the UPCUSA General...

August 17, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reported 11 deaths due to COVID-19. On June 30, it reported 35. In the intervening months, 7,000 Pennsylvanians died of the pandemic virus, the United States rapidly eclipsed the whole European Union as the epicenter of the disease, travel restrictions were placed on Americans headed abroad, and Disneyworld, of all things,...

June 17, 2020
Protesters fleeing tear gas, by Mike Shaheen, via Wikimedia Commons.

The police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have sparked demonstrations around the country in defense of Black lives. Protesters have begun to mainstream police and prison abolition--ideas which the writers of Black liberation have developed over decades...

June 6, 2020

George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis Police on Monday, May 25, 2020. As American citizens have risen up against unjust policing over the past week, police have been overwhelmed by their numbers. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, states have deployed the national guard, and the decades-old power of the US Army to enforce civil order is a topic of conversation. Commentators have noted the double consciousness required of Black men who...

April 23, 2020

On March 16 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued safer-at-home orders and closed non-essential businesses because of the coronavirus outbreak. Right up until that point, your archivists were at work in our building, and we're proud to tell you about it.

In the first quarter Allison and Cecilia scanned 20,449 images, among them new content from...

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