Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Prominent African American Episcopalians, 1746-2005: A Guide to Historical Resources in the Bishop Payne Library, Virginia Theological Seminary

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Prominent African American Episcopalians, 1746-2005: A Guide to Historical Resources in the Bishop Payne Library, Virginia Theological Seminary

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This bibliography was compiled primarily to provide assistance to researchers in locating information in The Bishop Payne Library collection about African Americans who have been ordained in the Episcopal Church. The sources cited herein complement the documents held in the African American Episcopal Historical Collection housed in the Bishop Payne Library Archives. Particular emphasis has been placed on sources pertaining to graduates of The Bishop Payne Divinity School and The Virginia Theological Seminary. References to living African American Episcopalians are not included. Much of the cited material is scattered in collections of documents and in specialized periodicals and newspapers. These sources are not necessarily analyzed in the Library's catalog, indexed in periodical indices, or widely held in other library collections. However, the sources identified here may help researchers elsewhere to find information held locally in their own research library collections.


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Anderson, Eric, and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. Dangerous Donations: Northern Philanthropy and Southern Black Education, 1902-1930. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

Appiah, Anthony, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, 2d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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Bennett, Robert A. "Black Episcopalians and the Diocese of Massachusetts." In The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 1784-1984: A Mission to Remember, Proclaim, and Fulfill, 57-73. Boston: Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 1984.

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Billingsley, Andrew. Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Bowen, Nathaniel. A Pastoral Letter, on the Religious Instruction of the Slaves of Members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of South-Carolina, Prepared at the Request of the Convention of the Churches of the Diocese to Which is Appended a Table of Scripture Lessons, Prepared in Conformity with the Resolution of the Convention. …

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