• Holy Bible, Catholic Jubilee edition, GNT
    New York: American Bible Society, 2001

  • The Word, Back Cover
    New York: American Bible Society, 2003

  • New Testament Dramatized by African-American Readers
    New York: American Bible Society in cooperation with Hosanna, 1998

  • Kwanzaa New Testament
    New York: American Bible Society, 1998

  • The Book of Proverbs
    New York: American Bible Society, 1927-28

Reaching Out

American Bible Society and the African American Community

February 15–May 26, 2013

Reaching Out traces American Bible Society’s relationship with the African American community built through Bible publication and distribution. Beginning shortly after 1816 and through the following decades, the Society was quick to respond to requests for Bibles mainly in the Northern States. During the Civil War, ABS provided with Bibles both Union and Confederate soldiers and escaped slaves who came North. The Reconstruction era allowed the Society to intensify its work among freedmen and African Americans living freely in the North. At the turn of the century ABS created a special “Agency for the Colored People of the South” to satisfy the African American community’s need for Scripture and hired local distributors who also brought relief in times of natural disasters. In the 1960s, with the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, ABS reached out to its African American constituency through pamphlets and special imprints. ABS’ activity reached new milestones with the publication of the African American Jubilee Edition of the Bible in 1999 and the release of the first New Testament translated into Gullah or Sea Islands Creole in 2005.

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Exhibition and preservation of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA are made possible, in part, by the generous support of the American Bible Society.  This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.