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The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) Presents: A Webinar/Panel Discussion: The Role of Historic Boston’s Churches Regarding Slavery, Truth-telling, and Healing
October 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
L’Merchie Frazier, artist, poet, Director of Education for the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, and member of the Boston Middle Passage Committee;
Byron Rushing, a long-time civil rights activist, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983 to 2018, former President of the Museum of African American History, Co-Chair of the Boston Middle Passage Committee, and presently, Vice-President of the House of Deputies – the highest elected position held by a layperson in The Episcopal Church;
Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister & CEO of Old South Church in Boston, co-founder of Idaho’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
Vivian Johnson, Associate Professor Emeritus, Boston University, Boston representative for MPCPMP.
A major role of the churches in colonial society was to “Christianize” enslaved Africans to reinforce the social order. Today, in Boston, five historic churches are examining their membership archives and other documents to determine their relationship to slavery from its beginning in Massachusetts in 1638 to its legal end in 1783. Because the role of colonial churches was so dominant in Boston during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the discussion will begin by examining the African presence in those churches. Please join us for this dialogue that will highlight some historical elements that can provide a lens for examining possibilities for current discourse for societal healing by registering.
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