Delaware Heritage Commission’s Book of the Week Celebrating Black History Month

This week’s Book of the Week is a special partnership with Delaware Historical Society and continues our celebration of Black History Month!

“Forging Faith, Building Freedom
African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980”
– by Constance J. Cooper & Lewis V. Baldwin


You can view and/or download a PDF version of this book here.


Forging Faith, Building Freedom honors and celebrates the African American faith experience in Delaware and its contributions to the development of African American religion in the United States. Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, Peter Spencer, and Samuel Cornish were champions of religious liberty from Delaware who led in the creation of independent black churches in the United States in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Based on an exhibition at the Delaware Historical Society and developed in collaboration with the African American community, this book presents a rich and exciting collection of material that documents two centuries of diverse experiences as black Delawareans forged faith and built freedom.




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