The Black Baptist Church and African American Identity

This exhibit seeks to explore the identity of African Americans during an "in-between" time, in which they were transitioning out of slavery and looking to establish an identity in American society. It identifies the Baptist Church as playing a fundamental role in creating that identity, as it became the largest and most influential institution that blacks came to identify with. The black identity during this time was shaped specifically by the theological values of the church, the prominent role of women in the church, and the political leadership of church leaders.