Celebrating the Bible in Black History

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Bible - Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


8.3 × 5.9 × 1.7 in. (21 × 15 × 4.2 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

The African American Jubilee Edition of the Bible brings together devotional guides, historical essays, and other material to help readers see the biblical text through the lens of the African American experience. It was largely the vision of Rev. Charles H. Smith, a Baptist minister and civil rights pioneer who served as a director at the American Bible Society in the 1990s. His experience working with communities across the United States led him to see the need for a study Bible that drew attention to the African presence in the Bible’s stories and the Bible’s influence on the Black church. Over a dozen scholars and ministers contributed to the project. This version uses the King James translation.

Printed in 1999 by the American Bible Society, New York City, New York; Gifted in 2010 to Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;[1] Donated in 2016 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] An inscription by Rev. Dr. Joseph Crockett on the front endpaper records the gift, stating, “The Green Family, Blessings on the works of your hearts and hands. On behalf of the American Bible Society.”

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