Friday, 1865 December 22, Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia: “As Brother James Fife may be Pastor of the Charlottesville African Church, it is Competent for him, when in his judgement advisable, to invite any Preacher of the Gospel, without regard to Colour”

[Eight months after the war’s end, an African-American Baptist church petitions its white parent church for the right to invite licensed black ministers as public guest speakers.] Friday Evening, December 22, 1865 [excerpts from the clerk’s minute book] Brother N. … Continue reading