Sunday morning view of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia.

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Bb 862 B 756 #44
June 1829
Image Description:
Busy street scene showing elegantly dressed African-American parishioners of all ages entering the first African Episcopal church in the United States at the corner of Fifth and Adelphi (i.e. Saint James) streets. Includes a date stone in the eave of the church that reads "The African Church MDCCXCIII." Also shows a man leading a horse near the rear of the building. The church was established in 1794 by the religious and beneficent organization, the Free African Society, as a result of the discriminatory practices of the city’s congregations. Absalom Jones, a freed slave, became rector of the church in 1796 and remained as its minister until his death in 1818.
Width: 35 cm, Height: 25 cm
Related People or Organizations:
Kennedy & Lucas Lithography (publisher)
William L. Breton, 1775-1856 (artist)