Archives and History

From the Archives: Diocese of Easton

Bishop Sutton traveled to the Diocese of Easton last week to join in a celebration of the 150th anniversary of their founding. Easton, once part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland became its own diocese in 1868 when parishes on the Eastern Shore, after years of thoughtful discussion, decided to separate from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

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From the Archives: Holy Trinity Church, Baltimore

Quoting a history of Holy Trinity Church written by Howard H. Evans in 1978, “The Supreme Court ruled in 1948 that restrictive covenants – private agreements barring members of minority groups from buying or renting property in certain neighborhoods – could no longer be enforced by state or Federal courts. Shortly after the rendering of that momentous decision, Baltimore experienced a racial change in the composition of many neighborhoods that were heretofore all white.” Caught up in that demographic change was the Church of the Holy Trinity on the northwest side of Baltimore at Lafayette and Wheeler Streets.

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Friends and parishioners encouraged to attend neighboring church affected by gun violence

Last weekend was a particularly violent one in Baltimore City. 17 people were shot from Thursday through the weekend, according to The Baltimore Sun, five of them shot and killed a block from St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church in west Baltimore. The Rev. Grey Maggiano, rector of Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Hill, wrote the following invitation on his personal Facebook page Saturday afternoon:

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From the Archives: St. James’ Church, Baltimore

“William Leavington, a native of New York, was ordained [to the diaconate] by the Rt. Rev. William White on March 18, 1824 in Philadelphia. Mr. Leavington, a free man of color, elected to go South below the Mason-Dixon Line, and amid the auction block and slave pen, made an attempt to raise a church wherein both bond and free of African descent might worship the common Father of all.” So reads the first paragraph of a history of St. James’ Church written in 1949.

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