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Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave

Originally established as the African Church, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia's Overbrook neighborhood was founded in 1792 by and for persons of African descent to foster personal and religious freedoms and self-determination. The original African Church was an outgrowth of the Free African Society, a mutual aid organization established in 1787 by Absalom Jones, Richard Allen and others, to assist the Black population in Philadelphia. The church dedicated it's present location, Absalom Jones Chapel, in 1996.

Transportation

This venue is accessible by SEPTA Regional Rail and Trolley routes.

Singing Freedom Preview & Panel Discussion

Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023 - 3:00 pm

In anticipation of the Singing Freedom performances, PCMS presents a panel discussion at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia's Overbrook neighborhood with the scholars and composers whose work will be featured, as well as a brief preview performance by soprano Karen Slack and pianist Jay Fluellen.

Featuring:

Tsitsi Ella Jaji – Author of text for Songs in Flight, to premiere on January 15
Ed Baptist – Co-founder, Freedom on the Move database
Mason Bynes – Composer of Three Dialogues, to premiere on January 16
Shawn Okpebholo – Composer of Songs in Flight, to premiere on January 15
Rollo Dilworth – Moderator, Chair of Music Education Department at Temple University, National Board Chair of Chorus America