Slavery and Religion

Alabama Southern Baptist pastor resigns after speaking at party for a KKK leader

By Yonat Shimron — July 30, 2020

(RNS) — Will Dismukes, who is also a Republican state representative, resigned from his church after offering an invocation at a birthday party honoring a Confederate general who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019

NEW YORK (RNS) — As the nation marks the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in Virginia, a Harlem church joins others that have represented the enduring faith of slaves, free blacks and their descendants.

Montgomery, Ala., churches part of city’s 200-year history of slavery, civil rights

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) — ‘It is the cradle of the Confederacy and the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement,’ said a local church historian.

Angela, a First African, tells her story in Jamestown, but her faith is a mystery

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019

JAMESTOWN, Va. (RNS) — An interpreter attempts to fill in the gaps even as she and scholars of the 400-year history of enslaved Africans say they believe this particular woman was nevertheless a believer of some sort.

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