AAEHC Announces Award Winners


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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Alexandria, Va. – In the fall of 2013, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced a new travel grant program to support research in the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC). Funded by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC), the program was developed to offset travel expenses for researchers using the collection that is curated at the seminary’s Bishop Payne Library.

From the inquiries that were received, a sub-committee of the AAEHC Steering Committee carefully selected the following award winners, who will visit VTS over the next few months:
  • Dr. Dan Royles (The University of Angers)  – “Don’t We Die Too?”: The Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism
  • The Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin (Oriel College, University of Oxford) – From Princes to Prophets: Identity and Activism in the Episcopal Church, 1945-1979
  • Ms. Angela Hooks (Dutchess Community College) – Private Writing Shapes Voices for Public Discourse
“The research projects supported by the grants cover a broad range of topics, evincing the scope of the lives and ministries represented in the AAEHC,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “We are honored to ensure that the heritage of black Episcopalians is remembered, celebrated, and studied.”

While the researchers are on campus, they will share their work with the VTS community in presentations hosted by the Bishop Payne Library.

The AAEHC was established at the Bishop Payne Library in 2003 as a joint project between VTS and the HSEC. The AAEHC Steering Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Mitzi Budde for VTS and the Rev. Dr. Alfred Moss, Jr. for the HSEC. Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the history, heritage, experience, and contributions of African American Episcopalians.

Highlights of the AAEHC include documentation pertaining to the Afro-Anglican conferences, black Episcopal parishes, networking and mentorship among black clergy, Union of Black Episcopalians, the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People, the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal, the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, and such individuals as the Rt. Rev. Walter Decoster Dennis, the Rev. Canon Thomas W.S. Logan, Sr., and author Verna Dozier.

The full program announcement and application may be found at For further information or questions concerning the grant program, contact the Assistant Archivist for the AAEHC, Dr. Joseph Downing Thompson, at

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