This Day In History Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2015
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OnJan. 29, 1827, the Rev. Jeremiah Gloucester (1799 - 1827), pastor of the Second African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, died. (Shown at right)Second African Presbyterian Church was a small congregation originally located at 2nd & Norris Alley; it moved to 7th & St. Mary Street before being burned in Philadelphia’s August 1842 anti-black riots.
His father, John Gloucester, was a slave in Tennessee, who was freed by Rev. Gideon Blackburn, who also arranged for Gloucester's education. Rev. John Gloucester (at below) became the minister for the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Freeing his wife and sons, including Jeremiah, John Gloucester and his family became well known.
On February 1, 1823, African-American Betsey Stockton (at right) was traveling with a mission group comprised of men and women from the Presbyterian and Congregational churches on a sailing ship to the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii). Sent out by the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions, Betsey Stockton's contract specified that she was to share in the mission's primary work as well as to act as a servant to one of the couples, Rev. and Mrs. Charles S. Stewart, who were expecting a child. When she returned to Princeton, Stockton created a Sabbath School at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.
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Exhibit Opens in September 2015 - Montreat College Shown below is a 1951 college class visiting the old Historical Foundation in Montreat, There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in May 2015. If you have artifacts to lean for this exhibit, please contact us.
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