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Mighty Like a RiverThe Black Church and Social Reform$
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Andrew Billingsley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161793

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.001.0001

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First African Baptist Church, Richmond: Seedbed of Social Reform

First African Baptist Church, Richmond: Seedbed of Social Reform

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(p.62) 6 First African Baptist Church, Richmond: Seedbed of Social Reform
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Mighty Like a River
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Andrew Billingsley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0007

Emancipation and Reconstruction were played out somewhat differently in Richmond than in Savannah, but no less dramatically. As the Confederates watched their world crumble, blacks in Richmond watched a new world take shape, one in which their longings for freedom and dignity seemed to be on the brink of being satisfied. The black church became a source of courage and will to resist further oppression and inequity. The confrontation at the First African Baptist Church is described. In the evolution of the First African Baptist Church of Richmond, its social reform impact would be most dramatically expressed through the lives of its members who took the teaching of the church into the larger society through their roles as change agents. Prominent among these individuals were Lott Carey, Collin Teague, Jane Richards, Rev. Robert Ryland, Rev. James H. Holmes, Mrs. Maggie Lena Walker, and L. Douglass Wilder. All these members of this historic church represented and implemented the social reform mission of the church in their various achievements.

Keywords:   First African Baptist Church, Richmond, social reform, Lott Carey, Collin Teague, Jane Richards, Rev. Robert Ryland, Rev. James H. Holmes, Mrs. Maggie Lena Walker, L. Douglass Wilder

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