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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 Episcopal Church, the first independent black church in the New York Diocese.

 

Recent Additions

St. Jude’s Chapel: Its History and Legacy

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

St. David Episcopal Church , Bronx — History

Type: Website Related Parish(es):

St James Chapel, Hyde Park, NY – Slavery in New York

Type: Lecture and Video Related Parish(es): St. James' Episcopal Church, New Hyde Park

Race and Real Estate Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem 1890-1920 – Book

Type: Book review Related Parish(es): St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Harlem, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Manhattan, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Manhattanville, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Harlem, and Church of the Redeemer, Manhattan

Episcopal New Yorker References

Type: Index Related Parish(es): St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Harlem, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Manhattanville, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Spring Valley, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Harlem, All Souls' Episcopal Church, Manhattan, Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Bronx, Holyrood Episcopal Church / Iglesia Santa Cruz, Manhattan, The Church of St. Simon the Cyrenian, New Rochelle, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Bronx, The Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion, Manhattan, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church, Manhattan, Christ Church Riverdale, Bronx, Church of Holy Innocents, Highland Falls, Church of the Holy Apostles, Manhattan, St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church, Manhattan, St. David's Epsicopal Church, Bronx, St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Bronx, St. James' Episcopal Church, Fordham, St. Martin’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Manhattan, St. Mary's Ghanaian Episcopal / Anglican Church, Bronx, Church of the Intercession, Manhattan, Trinity Church Wall Street, Manhattan, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Manhattan, The Church of the Mediator, Bronx, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Bronx, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Bronx