Reconstruction Period Research Forum
The Church and Southern Blacks
This collection highlights the role of religion and the church in the lives of the enslaved and the freedmen of the south. It covers such topics as Abolition, Education, Ministers, Songs, Sermons, and (church) history and customs. There are 63 online life histories of various personalities, from John Jea (African preacher) to James Varich (A.M.E. Zion Church founder) to The Rev. Alexander Bettis and the Bettis Academy (S.C.).
For more information, see the UNC's website: Documenting the American South at http://www.docsouth.unc.edu
¹ "The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1870-1925, Library of Congress and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. American Memory .