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When St. Philip's moved from its Mulberry Street building to a new location furrther uptown at 161 West 25th Street, Cornelia Guignon and her brother Peter Williams Ray asked the firm of Tandy and Foster to design an altar in honor of their parents.… Read More

Born in 1786, Peter Williams Jr. affiliated with Trinity Church in the first decade of the nineteenth century. He was among the group of parishioners who pushed for the establishment of a separate and independent black parish. After years of… Read More

St. Philip's Episcopal Church was the tenth parish of Trinity Church, the place of worship of many of New York's white elite families. After repeated demands by its black parishioners, Trinity finally agreed in 1818 to the establishment of a… Read More

When Philip White died in February 1891 tributes poured in from all corners of the black community (as well as the white). St. Philip's vestry, of which Philip had been senior warden for many years, paused in its business deliberations to… Read More

Philip attended the Laurens Street School where Peter Guignon’s former classmate, Charles Reason, was the principal teacher. After graduating, he apprenticed in Patrick Reason’s engraving shop until it became apparent that he had no talent in… Read More

Crummell’s obituary noted that Peter attended the Mulberry Street School where his classmates were, in his words, “the most celebrated pupils which ever were enrolled upon its records.” He named several of these students, among them James… Read More

In 1857 St. Philip’s moved from its original building on Centre Street to a more convenient location uptown on Mulberry Street. Despite their lack of funds, parishioners immediately set to work to beautify the new sanctuary. During the draft… Read More

The New York police department established its headquarters at 300 Mulberry Street in1862. The building stood directly across the street from the church that St. Philip's had recently moved into. These headquarters were the central location for… Read More