Retrospectives on Williamsburg-Greenpoint: the Evangelical abolitionists; HIspanics; & the Williamsburg Bridge. Jewgrass in the synagogue
African Americans in Williamsburg & Greenpoint used faith-based leadership to overcome industrialists & others who opposed abolition of slavery.
Evangelical abolitionists in Williamsburg & Greenpoint. The success of the fight against slavery rested upon the creation of local abolitionist cultures and organizations. Elite cosmopolitans seldom win alone.
Williamsburg Bridge 1903, looking from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Photo illustration: A Journey through NYC religions
Throop Avenue Mission Sunday School Building, Hopkins Street, 1899. The South Third Presbyterian Church of Williamsburg established this Sabbath School in a poor, desolate area of Brooklyn. It birthed a church as well as housing the German YMCA as well as congregations for German, Rumanian and other immigrants, African Americans. The Fanny Crosby dedicated one of her hymns to the leader of this Sunday School.
Matt Check. Illustration: A Journey through NYC religions
Jewgrass Blues at Park Avenue Synagogue, Part 1. Can a young Jew find God by following the poet laureate of the underclass Woody Guthrie?
Sunday service in original sanctuary of First Spanish Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, Booklyn