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Voorhees College celebrates Absalom Jones Feast Day

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College will host its annual Absalom Jones Feast Day celebration, virtually, on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. It may be viewed on the Voorhees College YouTube Channel  or Facebook Page.

Jones was the first ordained African-American priest in the Episcopal Church in the United States. He became a religious icon of the late 1700s and early 1800s and helped to abolish slavery in America. His accomplishments are celebrated at Voorhees as part of Black History Month. Currently, Voorhees is one of two historically black colleges and universities affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The other institution is Saint Augustine’s University.

The virtual ceremony will include a ten-minute video on the life and time of Jones with introductory and concluding remarks by Voorhees College President Ronnie Hopkins.

For more information about Jones, see https://episcopalarchives.org/church-awakens/exhibits/show/leadership/clergy/jones.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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