News Flash Home
The original item was published from 6/24/2023 6:26:12 PM to 9/10/2023 12:00:01 AM.

News Flash

News & Town Board Reports (gblist)

Posted on: June 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] leaders of South Presbyterian Church discuss their 200th anniversary

The congregants were part of the Anti Slavery movement. Organized the first Midnight run. Even Theodore Roosevelt spent some time at the church!

Enjoy the link to the radio show

John Gunther-Mohr and  Rev. Margery Rossi of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry  were interviewed on my WVOX radio show recently. They discussed the 200th anniversary of South Presbyterian Church.


 https://youtu.be/jjUJOSXr6xI


Some interesting facts:

In August 1823 six members of the church purchased one acre of land for $35 (not a typo--thirty five dollars).

 That building does not stand but the Little White Cemetery is there, still owned by  the church.  The Lutheran Church now occupies that  property beside the cemetery.

 The current building was built in 1868.

 Members of the Church fought slavery  and were active in the abolitionist movement and raised funds to help civil war reconstruction in the South.

  The church organized the first Midnight Run - helping the homeless and hungry.

  The church has led the fight for social justice - and has supported the LGBTQ+ community.

  The church currently houses the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry which serves the hungry and homeless.

  Theodore Roosevelt attended South Presbyterian Church in 1871 while vacationing in Dobbs Ferry. 

  Thornton Wilder, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Our Town" rode his bicycle around the church a few years later. He was the grandchild of Reverend Thornton Niven, the minister of South Presbyterian.

   This church leads by example. Happy 200th!  A great asset to our town.

PAUL FEINER

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News & Town Board Reports (gblist)

GREENBURGH ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS MARKET THIS SPRING: Volunteers & Artists Wanted

Posted on: February 3, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 16, 2024
Senior Tech Support_2024

Tech Angels at TDYCC

Posted on: February 7, 2024

ESCO vs Con Ed - December(Con Ed rates are still lower than the ESCO)-- opt out info below

Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 16, 2024
AARP Tax Help_2024

AARP TAX HELP INFO

Posted on: January 20, 2024

MEET OUR NEW TOWN CLERK, LISA NERO

Posted on: January 8, 2024

Greenburgh snow angels need volunteers

Posted on: January 3, 2024