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Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future (Program 1)
September 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
The Courageous Voices of Revs. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones in the American Plague of 1793
The first in the Freedom Forum’s series, Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future, highlights the outspoken courage of Revs. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones in Philadelphia in the 1790s. Rev. Allen and Rev. Jones were African American religious leaders in the city with the largest free Black population in the new republic at that time. When Philadelphia was hit by a deadly yellow fever epidemic, Allen and Jones recruited African Americans who voluntarily went to homes and neighborhoods to tend the sick and dying. Faced with inaccurate and racist accusations from white leaders, Allen and Jones wrote a forceful defense. Their pamphlet, “A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People During the Awful Calamity in Philadelphia, in the Year 1793: And a Refutation of Some Censures Thrown Upon Them in Some Late Publications,” was the first pamphlet written by African Americans to be granted a U.S. government copyright.
- Kimberly Young, citizen researcher and lay leader at the historic Roberts United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Va.
- The Rev. Lauren Harris, itinerant elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, serving in Maryland
- Rabbi David Spinrad, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, and co-chair Alexandria, Va. Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project
For more information about the series, contact [email protected].
This series is made possible by generous support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.