Drew University's General Commission on Archives and History (which publishes Methodist History), has invited William Gravely to make a few remarks on a recent archival donation related to Bishop Gilbert Haven.
The papers are from the Haven and North families, and have been donated to the Methodist archives housed at Drew University, where Gravely went to theological school.
"The Haven materials apparently have correspondence to people like John Brown before his death, William Lloyd Garrison, General/President U. S. Grant, etc. Haven played a role in the creation of Clark in Atlanta and Claflin in Orangeburg, SC—historic African-American institutions, was president of the American Women's Suffrage Association, edited ZION'S HERALD weekly from 1867-72 for New England Methodism and turned it into a reform newspaper and was a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church from 1872 until his death.
"He travelled to Mexico and wrote a book about that experience, wrote the biography of "Father" Taylor, the preacher for Seaman's Bethel church and model for Father Mapple in Moby Dick, published his abolitionist and anti-racist sermons in 1869 (NATIONAL SERMONS) and went to Liberia to hold annual conference there and where he caught malaria that ended up taking his life.
"Besides my book on him 40 years ago, I did an article on his visit to the Rocky Mountains in the COLORADO (Historical Society) MAGAZINE back in the 1970s. Gilbert Haven Jones, the first black PhD from a European university and president of Wilberforce in Ohio and Gilbert Haven Caldwell, Sr. and Jr. (the latter living in NJ) were named for him as were several black Methodist churches and secondary mission schools in the South, the latter being the Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy in SC now closed."
Gravely's talk and the exhibit reception took place on April 9, 2013, at Drew University.
The image that appears on the right side of opening slide in the Religious Studies banner is of a sculpture, "Mizrach," by Harry Green, which hangs in the departmental office suite. In Hebrew, mizrach (מזרח) means "east," and the sculpture evokes those traditional Jewish wall hangings, popular since medieval times, which always included a representation of Jerusalem and which indicated the orientation for the morning service of prayer.
About the sculpture, Wallace wrote, "We find this sculpture full of power as well as peace. Perhaps, for us, it is a reminder of the vision and hope for a 'new Jerusalem.'" We are pleased the Clifts have chosen to share this treasured piece of art with the department, and we are delighted to share it with you.