2013 BH&HS Annual Conference Program

May 20-22, Richmond, Virginia

Co-Sponsored by the Virginia Baptist Historical Society
and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies

Hosted by the University of Richmond and Virginia Union University

Theme: “Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion
and the Civil War, Emancipation and
Reconciliation in Our Time”


Keynote Speakers: Harry S. Stout (Yale Divinity School)
Edward L. Ayers (University of Richmond)
Andrew M. Manis (Middle Georgia State College)

42 Breakout Papers & Presentations

Complete list of Speakers and Presenters

“free indeed!” (an exhibit on the trials & triumphs of Virginia’s enslaved and freedmen)

Plus: Civil War & Civil Rights tours, luncheons, & more!

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The following news stories about the conference were published after the event

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
(including pre-conference events)

Baptists and the American Civil War: Leading up to the conference is a daily digital journal of the Baptist experience–white and black, North and South–during the war.

“free indeed!”: On site at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society will be an exhibit on the trials and triumphs of Virginia’s enslaved and freedmen which highlights the relationships in the Baptist churches of Virginia prior to emancipation.

Sunday, May 19 (Pre-Conference)

  • Sunday services across city using the theme with guest speakers and pulpit exchanges
  • Petersburg Civil War Battlefield Tour, 2 PM – 6 PM (Cost: $30, register in advance: limited seating): Bus leaves from Second Baptist Church, Richmond

Monday, May 20        

  • 9 a.m – 4 p.m. — BH&HS Board and Committee Meetings
    Second Baptist Church, Richmond
  • 4:45 p.m. — Fellowship of Baptist Historians Dinner
    Second Baptist Church, Richmond
    * Keynote presentation by Joanna Lile (Transylvania University):
    “‘The Mammy Sues are Scare in the South Now’: Southern Baptists, Uplift and Race, 1880-1930″
  •  7 p.m. – Opening Conference Session (open to the public)
    University of Richmond (Camp Concert Hall)
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    Welcomes and Instructions: Dr. Bruce Gourley, executive director, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Greetings and Introductions of Speakers: Dr. Fred Anderson  executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, University of Richmond
    * Richmond’s Symbol of Reconciliation: Rev. Dr. Paige Lanier Chargois, speaker and teacher, pastor, Sharon Baptist Church, Richmond
    * Greetings and thematic remarks: Dr. John V. Upton, Jr., executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and president, Baptist World Alliance
    * Keynote address by Dr. Ed Ayers, president, University of Richmond
    * Concluding Remarks: Dr. Delane Tew, president, Baptist History & Heritage Society

Tuesday, May 21        

  • 8:30 a.m.-12 noon — Walk-up Registration for morning sessions, Breakout paper assistance and directions, exhibits and vendor booths
    (Camp Concert Hall foyer, University of Richmond)
  • 9:00 a.m.-12 noon  — Breakout Sessions Paper Presentations
    University of Richmond (see handouts for rooms and directions)
    * 42 papers and panels
  • 11:00 a.m.-12 noon — VBHS Executive Committee meeting
    (University of Richmond)
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m.  – Virginia Baptist Historical Society Luncheon
    University of Richmond (Heilman Dining Center)
    * Presiding: Dennis Sacrey, president, VBHS
    * Presentation of Heritage Fellows
    – Presented by William Powell Tuck
    – Abby Chapin Virginia Tech
    – Katie Wilkins, Bluefield College
    * Presentation of Essay Contest Winner
    – Rachel Cook, Blacksburg, Va.
    * Introduction of the speaker — Rev. Charles Chandler, executive director, Ministering to Ministers
    * Speaker – Dr. Lauranett Lee, Virginia Historical Society
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m.   Afternoon Motorcoach Tour: planned by Steve Pugh
    Leaving from the University of Richmond
    * 3:00 -4:00 p.m. — Visit American Civil War Center: Sean Kane, museum educator
    * 4:00-4:30 p.m.  – Motorcoach tour continues of sites associated with theme
    * 4:30-6:00 p.m.  –  African American Church Experience
    Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    – Greetings by church members
    – Introductions of Benjamin Ross and Dr. Nelson by Fred Anderson
    – Historical presentation by Benjamin Ross, historian of Sixth Mt. Zion
    – Overview of “the black church” today by Rev. Tyrone Nelson, pastor of Sixth Mt. Zion; “repast” and tour of the John Jasper Room
    – Tour of the John Jasper Room
    * 6:00-6:15 p.m.  – Continue motor tour to Virginia Union University
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m — Dinner
    Virginia Union University
  • 7:30 p.m. — Main Program (free public event)
    Coeburn Hall Chapel, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
    Virginia Union University
    * Call to Order by Dr. William Pitts, vice president, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Greetings from Dean John Kinney
    * Presentation by Dr. Adam Bond, VUU professor
    * Introduction of Dr. Lee by Bonnie Oliver, secretary, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Vignette presentation by Dr. Lauranett Lee, Virginia Historical Society
    * Video on history of VUU and its Baptist ties
    * Introduction of the speaker by Dr. Michael Williams, Dallas Baptist University
    * Keynote address by Dr. Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, Yale Divinity School
    * Concluding remarks: Dr. Pamela Smoot, Southern Illinois University
  • 9:15 p.m. — Motorcoaches return to University of Richmond

Wednesday, May 22   

  • Wednesday events at Camp Concert Hall, University of Richmond
  • 8:30 a.m.-noon — Foyer, walk-up registration for morning sessions, plus information, exhibits and vendors
  • 9 a.m. –  Women and the War
    * Introduction of speaker by Dr. William Powell Tuck, chairman of the Board of Directors, Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, University of Richmond
    * Presentation by Dr. Elisabeth Showalter Muhlenfeld, former president, Sweet Briar College
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  – Pastors in Partnership: two local pastors who have forged an alliance
    * Introduction of speakers by Dr. Delane Tew, president, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Rev. Alex Evans, pastor, Second Presbyterian Church and Rev. Levi Armwood, pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  – Richmond Jewish History
    * Introduction of speaker by Rev. Frank G. Schwall, chaplain, Lakewood Manor, immediate past chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, University of Richmond
    * Presentation by Dr. Claire M. Rosenbaum, former president, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond: “The Jews of Richmond During the Civil War”
  • 12 – 1:45  Baptist History & Heritage Society Luncheon and Program
    University of Richmond (Heilman Dining Center)
    * Introduction of luncheon sponsor by Dr. Bruce Gourley, executive director, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Word from sponsor by Dr. John Franke, Academic Dean, Yellowstone Theological Institute
    * Awards Presentation
    – W. O. Carver Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Michael Williams (presented by Dr. William Pitts, president-elect, Baptist History & Heritage Society)
    – Carolyn Blevins Meritorious Service Award: Dr. Glenn Jonas (presented by Dr. Delane Tew, president, Baptist History & Heritage Society)
    – Norman W. Cox Award: Dr. Carolyn Crawford Holcomb (presented by Dr. C. Douglas Weaver, Festschrift and Miscellaneous Editor, Baptist History & Heritage Journal)
    – Davis C. Woolley Award: TBA
    * Business
    * Introduction of speaker by Bonnie Oliver Brandon, secretary, Baptist History & Heritage Society
    * Presentation by Dr. Andrew Manis, Macon State University, Civil Rights Historian
  • 2:30 – 4:00 p.m — Panel discussion on Reconciliation in Our Time: Using Richmond as a Case Study
    (This is a free public event)
    (Panelists information)
  • 4 – 4:30 p.m. — “Towards a Theology of Forgiveness”
    Concluding the conference with an emphasis on forgiveness
    * Introduction of speaker by Virginia Darnell, historian, First Baptist Church, Richmond, and member, Executive Committee, Virginia Baptist Historical Society
    * Presentation by Dr. Jim Somerville, pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond
  • “free indeed! – Trials & Triumphs of Virginia’s Enslaved and Freedmen – EXHIBIT open selected hours throughout the conference, Virginia      Baptist Historical Society headquarters building next to the library

Image: African American Troops Liberating Slaves in North Carolina (Library of Congress)