Magazine article The Christian Century

Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr

Magazine article The Christian Century

Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr

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Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr., an Episcopal priest who took risky stands for integration and endured a beating for the cause, died at age 89 at his home in Jackson on July 15, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.

He was a parish pastor from 1953 to 1974, and then Episcopal bishop of Mississippi until 1993, the diocese reported.


In addition to backing integration, Gray supported women in ordained ministry and worked for gender equality among laypeople serving on vestries and committees, according to the diocese.

Gary G. Yerkey, a journalist who has covered civil rights, wrote for the Christian Century website about interviewing Gray, a fourth-generation Mississippian, in October 2015.

As a student in the early 1950s, Gray worked to reverse the ban on African Americans at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

"It just blows my mind when I stop and think about it, that the trustees of the University of the South behaved like they did," Gray said. …

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