A New Vision: Charles Stillman's Motivations to Create the Tuscaloosa Institute for Colored Ministers
While working toward his masters degree at the University of Alabama, Austin Seminary senior Barrett Abernethy worked for First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the church that Charles Stillman served as pastor when he founded what was then known as the Tuscaloosa Institute for Colored Ministers (now, Stillman College). He found the connection between his academic and church life interesting and he began researching Stillman’s life and explored his motivations to create the school for newly freed slaves.
With ten months of research, Barrett wrote a paper to complete his degree on the history of Stillman’s motivation to create the school. “A New Vision: Charles Stillman’s Motiation to Create the Tuscaloosa Institute for Colored Ministers” was submitted to The Journal of Presbyterian History for consideration. This article, which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue, is a portion of Barrett’s complete work.
Barrett Abernethy is a senior Master of Divinity student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminar and currently serves as the Student Body President. He holds a bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master's degree in history from the University of Alabama.