Presbyterianism. Its Relation to the Negro. Illustrated by the Berean Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, with Sketch of the Church and Autobiography of the Author.
Excellent copy of this first edition of black Presbyterian minister Rev. Matthew Anderson’s study of Presbyterianism’s outreach to black Philadelphians.
Included here is a history of Philadelphia’s Berean Presbyterian Church, co-founded in 1880 by Anderson, and Anderson’s autobiography. Anderson’s wife, Dr. Caroline V. Still Anderson, was the daughter of Underground Railroad conductor William Still, himself an Elder of Berean Presbyterian Church and briefly mentioned in the text.
With her husband, Dr. Still helped found in 1899 (in the church’s basement) the Berean Manual Training and Industrial School, the educational predecessors of which are discussed in the present book. “In 1899, W.E.B. Du Bois in his book The Philadelphia Negro noted that, ‘Berean Church…conducts a successful Building and Loan Association, a kindergarten, a medical dispensary, and a seaside home, beside the numerous church societies. Probably no church in the city, except the Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion is doing so much for the betterment of the Negro…’”¹
Description: Presbyterianism. Its Relation to the Negro. Illustrated by the Berean Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, with Sketch of the Church and Autobiography of the Author.
Philadelphia: John McGill White & Co., (1897). Frontis., 263pp + 9 leaves of plates. First edition. Original dark maroon and gilt-lettered cloth binding. Trifle rubbing to binding; a near fine copy.
Work p410. Not in Blockson Collection or LCP, Afro-Americana. Note. 1. Berean Presbyterian Church & William Still: An African-American Abolitionist [Temple University Library] accessed online. OCLC 936479345 returns one physical copy only at Princeton Theological Seminary.