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Black Presbyterianism – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

175 years of ministry – 1807-1982

The celebration of 175 years of black Presbyterianism brings into view the whole range of experiences from early contact to current participation. It involves a review and reassessment of a process, which moved by uncharted stages from tolerance, tutelage and testing to patronage, paternalism and partnership. Through all of this, blacks who were, or became, Presbyterian had a sense of the inherent appropriateness of their identification with the Presbyterian Church and they presumed a "joint-heir" proprietorship in this part of the "Body of Christ." Whether or not this presumption was vindicated or confirmed over this stretch of one and three quarter centuries will be one of the important findings of the celebration.

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