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Climbing Jacob's Ladder

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Creator:
Anacostia Museum
Smith, Edward D
Reinckens, Sharon A
Nelson, Stanley 1955-
Caesar, Shirley 1938-
Smithsonian Institution
Subject:
Allen, Richard 1760-1831
Jones, Absalom 1746-1818
Jasper, John 1812-1901
Dougherty, Dorothy
Boyd, Ruby Chappelle
Ross, Benjamin
Epps, Annie
James, Harry, Deacon
Collier-Thomas, Bettye
Turner, Wesley
West, Donald
Ellis, Edward L., Reverend
Freeman, Felder
Freeman, Evelynne
Washington, Alonzo, Reverend
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
St. Thomas' Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
St. George's United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
First African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.)
Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church (Baltimore, Md.)
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (Richmond, Va.)
First Bryan Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.)
Johns Island Presbyterian Church (Johns Island, S.C.)
Physical description:
1 open reel 1 inch video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Documentary films
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
Notes:
Title transcribed from open credits of video recording.
Climbing Jacob's Ladder was based on the Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities, 1740 - 1877 exhibition which explored the growth and central role of African American churches during the 18th- and 19th-centuries in the eastern United States: Boston, Savannah, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. The exhibition was organized by the Anacostia Museum and held there from October 1987 to October 1988.
The African American church provides the spiritual, educational, social, political, and economic center for the African American community. Because the history of the African American church tells the story of African Americans, the church is the largest repository of African American history.
Summary:
Climbing Jacob's Ladder argues for the importance of documenting and preserving the history of the African American church as explained by church historians, archivists, and curators. The African American church tells the story of African Americans, provides direction and goals for the young, and is the center of African American life. Its history is illustrated through photographs and moving images, which are endangered of being lost and forgotten if preservation measures are not taken. The short documentary also provides an overview of the history of the black church and African American worship from slavery through present day, the role and style of black preachers, black church music and choirs, and clothing worn to religious services.
Short documentary. Part of Climbing Jacob's Ladder Audiovisual Records. Dated 19920324.
Cite as:
Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Exhibition Records AV03-036, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
African American history
African American churches
Churches
Church history
Historic preservation
Religion
Preachers
Church music
Music
African American choirs
Choirs (Music)
Spirituals (Songs)
Slavery
Slaves
Segregation
Civil rights movements
Jacob's ladder (Biblical dream)
African American youth
Youth
Local number:
ACMA AV001152
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Climbing Jacob's Ladder Audiovisual Records
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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