West Rittenhouse, near McCallum Street
St. Barnabas P.E. Church
J. Gordon Baugh
Souvenir of Germantown Issued During the
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Emancipation
(Philadelphia: Baugh Press, 1913)
Annotated by Louise L. Strawbridge, with the assistance of John
E. Jones, Jr., and reproduced in the Germantown Crier vol.
36, no. 1 (winter, 1983-84), p. 14
Available at the Germantown Historical Society
Included are a photograph, 1913 caption, and annotation by
Louise L. Strawbridge and John E. Jones.
- The 1913 caption:
"St. Barnabas P.E. Church. West Rittenhouse Street, near
McCallum. Organized 1904. Valuation of property $16,000."
- Annotation by Louise L. Strawbridge and John E. Jones,
"St. Barnabas was started by a group of white Episcopalians,
under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Upjohn, Rector of St. Luke's.
whose experience at the Industrial Home for Colored Women on
Armat Street had convinced them that an Episcopal church for
Negroes was needed in Germantown. In 1904, they bought an
unoccupied building adjacent to the Hill School (formerly
occupied by Zion Evangelical Church) and Reverend A.A. St. Claire
Moore of Jamaica came as Rector. The Reverend E. Sydnor Thomas
served from 1907 to 1954. He got his church an organ by writing
to Andrew Carnegie, who offered a 'matching grant'; Carnegie and
St. Barnabas each contributed $750."
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