For African Americans, churches have been not only places of worship, but also community centers and leaders in the struggle for equality and justice. The buildings they occupy, whether purpose-built or acquired from other faith groups, are the physical embodiment of key chapters in African American history.

Today, many Black congregations feel themselves challenged by the difficult choice of spending scarce funds on their mission or making capital investments in their older, often historic, buildings. Yet the lesson told by history is that those buildings can serve as agents of mission—bases from which to serve their communities, facilities for diverse ministries, brick-and-mortar testimonies to the faith and ongoing engagement of their occupants.

Join the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture on October 7, 2019, for a reception and an engaging discussion of these issues and some of the resources available for historic churches. Participants to include Frank Mitchell, Ph. D.,  Executive Director, Amistad Center; the Rev. Stephen W.Camp, Senior Pastor, Faith Congregational Church, Hartford; Elder Robert W. Kinney, Senior Pastor, Mount Hope Temple, New Haven; Gianfranco Grande, Executive Vice President of the Partners for Sacred Places; and Jane Montanaro, Executive Director, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

The program will be suitable for all congregations and preservationists seeking a robust discussion of the challenges and opportunities.  


$50.00 Reception & Program. (includes reception, one-year membership with CT Trust/Amistad Center, and a ticket to special tour at the Amistad Center Afro-Cosmology Exhibit)

Reception: 5:30-6:00 in the Hartford Courant Room

$30.00 Program only.

Group rates available for groups of five or more.  Contact Jordan Sorensen at to make arrangements. 

Program: 6:15-7:30 in the Aetna Theater