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Absalom Jones Commemoration
February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
“A Liberating Presence: 200 Years of Black Episcopal Witness in Missouri”
The 2019 Absalom Jones Commemoration is a Eucharistic celebration, in conjunction with the Cathedral’s 200th anniversary celebration.
- Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
- At Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust, St. Louis 63103
- Speaker during sermon is Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White
- Light reception to follow service
Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a M.P.S. in Africana Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University – Bloomington. She is the author of the recently published book titled, Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949 (University of Missouri Press, 2011), and has recently begun the research for a biography on the life of the late civil rights attorney Margaret Bush Wilson.
Dr. Dowden-White has been a featured scholar in several historical documentaries, among them are: “Sing It, Tell It,” a documentary exploring the African-American musical heritage of Missouri, created by Public Interest Films of Berkeley, California; “Decades,” a series on the history of St. Louis since the 1904 World’s Fair; “Made in the U.S.A.: East St. Louis,” and “The Jewish American Experience.”
A native St. Louisan, Dowden-White was educated in the St. Louis public schools. She is a missionary in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she is actively engaged in the field of local and global missions.
Annual Absalom Jones Commemoration
The Dismantling Racism Commission organizes for the diocese the annual celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained as priest in the US.