Religion: Jim Crow Rector

If an Alabamian refused to admit Negroes to a public meeting, he would surprise nobody. Neither would a Virginian who refused to attend a church where Negroes were worshipping. Last fortnight the Rev. William St. John Blackshear, Texas-born Brooklyn rector, asked Negro members of his congregation to go elsewhere to church. A lot of people were surprised. A lot of others were incensed.

Son of a cotton planter, Mr. Blackshear became Rector of St. Matthew's Protestant Episcopal Church in Brooklyn last June. The congregation knew he had been trained at the Virginia...

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