Religion: Bishop & Locksmith

People who are accustomed to think of New York's Bishop William Thomas Manning as an extremely formal, frigidly aristocratic little prelate would have been amazed to behold him last Sunday morning. His pulpit was a footstool, set up amid shavings, lumber, scaffolding, tarpaulins, in a little Harlem church. His sermon was a fighting talk. His congregation of 250, pressing close upon him, was three-quarters Negro.

All Souls' Protestant Episcopal Church, at 114th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, was once all white. The southward spread of Harlem has turned it Negro by 300 souls to...

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