The African American Episcopal Historical Collection Travel Grant for 2020

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: (703) 461-1782

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) is now accepting applications for the 2019–20 Travel Grant cycle. All individuals interested in conducting research in the Collection, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, Episcopal clergy, and laypersons, are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs.

The AAEHC is a joint project of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the experiences of African American Episcopalians.. Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels.
The travel grant program is funded by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC). The program was developed to offset travel expenses for researchers in order to use the collection that is curated at the Seminary’s Bishop Payne Library.

While the researchers are on campus, they share their work with the VTS community in presentations hosted by the Bishop Payne Library. These presentations contribute to the intellectual and spiritual formation of seminarians and have drawn sizable audiences. The following list details some of the topics that are among the collection’s strengths:
The Afro-Anglican conferences
The histories of black Episcopal parishes
Networking and mentorship among black clergy
The history of the Union of Black Episcopalians
The history of the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People
The history of the Bishop Payne Divinity School that educated African Americans for the priesthood during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
The editing of the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnals
The work of artist Allan Rohan Crite
The Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity
The contributions of various individuals to the Episcopal Church, such as The Rt. Rev. John Thomas Walker, The Rt. Rev. Walter Decoster Dennis, Ms. Verna Dozier, The Rev. Canon Harold T. Lewis, The Rev. Canon Thomas W. S. Logan, Sr., The Rev. John Carlton Hayden, and Canon Diane Porter.

The application deadline is January 17, 2020. Travel must occur between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The full program announcement and application may be found on the AAEHC page here. For further information or questions concerning the grant program, contact the Archivist for the AAEHC, Ebonee Davis at


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