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History Day and Celebration of Blessed Henry Beard Delany

April 15   |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  St. Luke’s, Salisbury

Co-sponsored by the diocesan office of Black ministries and our history & archives committee, this year’s History Day honoring the Rt. Rev. Henry Beard Delany will take place at St. Luke’s, Salisbury, the site of the 1918 Annual Convention where he was elected. Diocesan historiographer the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner will highlight the significance of Delany’s election in the context of The Episcopal Church’s 40-year debate over how best to provide bishops for Black congregations in the South during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Attendees will celebrate Bishop Delany’s feast day with a festive Eucharist, with the canon missioner for Black ministries, the Rev. Kathy Walker, preaching.

After lunch, the Rev. Robert Black, rector of St. Luke’s, will describe his parish’s considerable recent efforts to address its local racial history, followed by a tour St. Luke’s, the nearby city cemetery for enslaved people, and the lynching memorial recently erected by the Equal Justice Initiative. Attendees also will have the opportunity to see other historic sites.

Those wishing to stay for lunch will need to register for the event. The registration fee is $15, and you can register here.