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Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture


Join us in 2021 for the Annual Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture Series
with Cheryl Harry & Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch!

Co-sponsored by the Moravian Historical Society

Lecture 1: Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 pm

Lecture at Peter Hall, 348 Main Street, Bethlehem & Livestreamed via Zoom
Reception immediately following at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 West Church Street, Bethlehem

Relentless Change & Moravian Responses: Our Local Predecessors and Their Legacies

The nation reeled with conflict and change from 1915 to 1920. Newspaper headlines were splashed with details of the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; violence against Black people, their neighborhoods and businesses; the temperance movement and prohibition; women’s suffrage and access to the ballot box; the influenza pandemic that killed millions; unionization and corporate backlash to the steel industry; and the country’s participation in WWI.

During this time of crisis, the Moravians in the Lehigh Valley forged ahead—crafting their own response to the unrest.  What, exactly, did the Moravians do during these five years, and how does their response fit within the context of their 300-year-old history and theology?  Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch seeks to answer these questions while sharing findings from his 2020-2021 research sabbatical on Moravians, race, and racism.

Post-lecture reception and museum tour: Join us at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem for a food-and-wine reception and the newly opened Moravian Legacy exhibition, linking equal education for all, innovation, and the arts from the early settlement to Bethlehem today.

Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch has served at Moravian Theological Seminary since 1996, joining the faculty after receiving a PhD in New Testament studies from Duke University. He also served as VP and Dean of the Seminary from 2001-2020. Frank has lectured widely and published articles on the Moravian Church’s theology and practices—past and present—with respect to gender, race, and sexuality, and in 2020-2021 he completed a research sabbatical on Moravians, race and racism. Following retirement in June 2021, he plans to continue his research and keep walking the Lehigh River canal path and trails along Monocacy Creek.

Lecture 2: January 2022

Virtual Livestream

Afrikan Women in the Wachovia Tract

Cheryl Harry will present recent research on Phoebe, Nancy, Rose and other enslaved African women who could have used the Moravian Church as agency to escape racial injustice. A combination lecture and vigil, this virtual presentation seeks to honor the lives and legacies of the enslaved women of the Wachovia Tract.

Cheryl Harry is a cultural curator whose mission is engaging the community in the preservation and celebration of black heritage. She is the founding director of Triad Cultural Arts, Inc., an organization dedicated to presenting programming that contributes to a culturally competent community. Their signature event is the annual Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates a milestone in America’s history –the abolishment of slavery.

For over twenty years, Cheryl Harry has used her broad-based experience to positively impact the lives of others. From grassroots organizations to national non-profits, she has worked with such prestigious organizations as the Maya Angelou Research Center, The Arts Council, The YMCA, Winston-Salem State University, The National Black Theatre Festival, The Urban League, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

Cheryl is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She is the author of, Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy, which highlights significant contributions of local Black citizens through the lens of the city's historical cultural institutions.

These lectures are supported by the Jeanette Barres Zug endowment fund.

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