St. Philip's Vestry eulogy of Philip White, February 1891

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NYPL ID number: 1819713




St. Philip's vestry
St. Philip's Church Vestry Minutes Book, 1888-1894


Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
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 commemorate his life and death. Interestingly, this eulogy was penned by the then secretary of the vestry, Jerome Bowers Peterson, who would marry Philip's daughter, Cornelia, two years later.


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St. Philip's vestry, “St. Philip's Vestry eulogy of Philip White, February 1891,” Black Gotham Archive, accessed July 10, 2018,