African Americans Post Civil War- Baptism in Georgia Late 1800’s

During the decades of slavery in America, slave associations were a constant source of concern to slave owners. For many members of society, Black religious meetings symbolized the ultimate threat to white existence. Nevertheless, African slaves established and relied heavily on their churches. Religion offered a means of catharsis… Africans retained their faith in God and found refuge in their churches. However, white society was not always willing to accept the involvement of slaves in Christianity. As one slave recounted “the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meeting, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them”.

Post -Civil War: After emancipation, black churches became virtually the only place for African-Americans to find refuge. Blacks moved away from the “hush-harbors” that they retreated to for solace as slaves. Once established, Black Churches spread rapidly throughout the South; the Baptist churches led in this proliferation. 

Constantly moving between the poles of immediate survival and future liberation, Black congregations cultivated a spirit of uplift and self-expression, laying the foundation of Black power and self-determination. They understood that the “…Christian Gospel was a gospel of liberation … and … refused to accept an interpretation of Christianity that was unrelated to civil freedom.” This fundamental religious faith brought strength and courage to each of them.

Source: Source: Source:

  1. blaznpollypocket reblogged this from mahalkitty
  2. mahalkitty reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  3. profkew reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  4. dendroica reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  5. kerozenangel reblogged this from lookatthewords
  6. lookatthewords reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  7. s0ph1sticated reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  8. askhenrysturges reblogged this from ladykrampus
  9. femme-fatalities reblogged this from ladykrampus
  10. ladykrampus reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  11. napturallynesey reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  12. unboughtnunbossed reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  13. thefake-slimshady reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  14. cometinorbit38 reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  15. stirringsagacity reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  16. ganjasurfing reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  17. brok-enwat-er reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  18. nerdlover510 reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  19. lahciguapa reblogged this from lovinglifeandallitsflaws
  20. doll-guts reblogged this from alejandra-de-gypsy
  21. alejandra-de-gypsy reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
  22. lovinglifeandallitsflaws reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  23. c-h-a-o-t-i-x reblogged this from 2am-poetry
« Next post Previous post »