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The Intersection of Slavery and Faith Communities in Greater Philadelphia

The Intersection of Slavery and Faith Communities in Greater Philadelphia

Sunday, October 9
11:15 a.m.
Congregational Hall

On this Sunday Colin McCrossen and Dr. Craig Baily, historians from Villanova University, will share the history of slavery in Greater Philadelphia and its connection with Christian congregations and faith leaders in the area. From Germantown to Mount Pleasant, Lansdale to Blue Bell, and even communities on the Main Line, we will learn about some of the larger issues related to slavery and the congregations as well as dig more deeply into case studies about specific communities.


Colin McCrossen is a researcher at Villanova University working on the Rooted Project, Villanova's institutional history project. His current research interest is the history of slavery in the Philadelphia area, and other research interests include LGBTQ history and the history of abortion and contraception.

Colin is committed to sharing the history of slavery with residents of the Philadelphia area and has given more than a dozen presentations to faith organizations, libraries, senior centers, museum guides, and civic groups. Specific talk topics include the history of the slave trade in Philadelphia, Quakers and slavery, and enslaved resistance. Colin also is the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence for the Community Breakfast Collaborative (CBC), a local non-profit dedicated to fighting racism through civic engagement, interfaith dialogue, and education.

Craig Bailey received his PhD in history from the University of London in 2004. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at Villanova University since 2006 where he teaches courses on Irish, British, European and urban history. His current research, which builds off his interests in urban/suburban development, explores the relationships between the making of history, people and place, with a particular focus on Lower Merion. 

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