MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Peter Williams, c.1810 (oil on canvas)

The John Street Church welcomed Peter Williams and other African worshipers, but blacks and whites were segregated. In the early 1800s, a group separated to form the first black church in the state.

Source: © Collection of the New-York Historical Society/Bridgeman Art Library

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