About This Location

The nation’s first black Episcopal Parish originally stood at this site. Founded in 1792, by Absalom Jones, it provided a haven for black Episcopalians to worship freely. Although Pennsylvania had ended slavery with gradual abolition in 1780, racism and discrimination continued to plague the city’s religious and civil institutions. Today St. Thomas Church remains an active congregation at another location.

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