Episcopal Diocese of New York Black Presence Project

A Shared Public Spiritual Space for Truth and Truth-Telling

Welcome to the Black Presence in the Episcopal Diocese of New York (BPP) website, a repository of stories and narratives of the rich and complex experiences of people of African descent in the Episcopal Diocese of New York from the colonial era through to the present.

After more than a year of discussion, conversation and work we are grateful to The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, XVI Bishop of New York, The Absalom Jones Planning Committee and the Communications and Archives Department for their unwavering and inspiring support.

This February 2019 BPP website launch is comprised of selected previously published material. Our goal is to expand the website by adding additional previously  published material as well as newly created  submissions.

Information is organized and cross-referenced by church, individual, era or record type.  This repository will grow and contain written records, original research, oral histories, visual, sound and video records.

BPP establishes a diocesan-wide invitation for sharing four centuries of stories of black presence experiences, narratives and stories. This dynamic repository is a public witness to truth and truth-telling.

Images associated with St. Philip’s Church, Harlem the first independent black church in the New York Diocese.


Recent Additions

Church of the Crucifixion — History

Type: Website Related Parish(es): The Church of the Crucifixion, Manhattan

Unearthing our Past –An article on Trinity Wall Street’s relationship to slavery in New York

Type: Article and Website Related Parish(es): Trinity Church Wall Street, Manhattan

A New York Lamentation – Video

Type: Performance and Video Related Parish(es): St. Luke's Church, Beacon, Christ's Church, Rye, Trinity Church Wall Street, Manhattan, St. Philip's Church, Harlem, and The Church of the Annunciation, Manhattan

St. Martin’s Church: A Parish History

Type: Article and Website Related Parish(es): St. Martin’s and St. Luke’s Church, Manhattan

St. Jude’s Chapel: Its History and Legacy

Type: Article Related Parish(es): St. Jude's Chapel, Manhattan and St. Michael's Church, Manhattan