The United Methodist Archives and History Center
Hosts a reception to celebrate the exhibit of
“ . . . For the Cause of Freedom”
An Exhibit of the Papers of Gilbert Haven donated by the Charles Eric North Family
Tuesday, April 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Methodist Center Lobby
Comments by Dr. William B. Gravely, biographer of Haven
Light refreshments. All welcome.
The exhibit includes photos, letters, and other texts related to these two important individuals in the history of Methodism. The exhibit has resulted from the generous gift of the Charles Eric North Family to the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church containing possibly about 1000 letters to and from Gilbert Haven, a vocal abolitionist and advocate for the rights of African Americans. The family are also descendants of Frank Mason North, hymn writer and advocate for social reform, and thus the exhibit recognizes the work of both men.
Gilbert Haven was editor of Zion’s Herald and a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1872-1880. Frank Mason North is best known for the hymn, “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life.” The desk used by North sits in the lobby of the Methodist Archives Center and his papers are housed at Drew. This exhibit is the reminder that the quest for “liberty and justice” for all is ongoing but one with deep roots in Drew’s and in Methodism’s past.