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

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

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Harlem – History

Type: Website Related Parish(es): St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Harlem and Trinity Church Wall Street, Manhattan

Church Awakens-African Americans and the Struggle for Justice

Type: Index Related Parish(es): St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Harlem, Trinity Church Wall Street, Manhattan, Christ Church Riverdale, Bronx, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Spring Valley, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, Church of the Intercession, Manhattan, St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church, Manhattan, and The Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion, Manhattan