Program: The Slave in the Parsonage: An 18th-Century Fight for Freedom

Library of Congress.

This program, presented by Dr. Deborah Rahn Clemens, will be held in the meeting room at the MHC.

It is the true story of a man — Gideon Moor — who was owned, along with his family, by none other than a local Montgomery County church pastor in colonial Pennsylvania.

Moor fought for freedom for himself and his loved ones 100 years before our Civil War. We will discover how he struggled to claim what was rightfully his against all odds of racial prejudice and institutional structures. Refusing to give up, Gideon Moor challenged the system — AND WON! He deserves to be hailed as a champion of emancipation.

Rev. Dr. Deborah Rahn Clemens is the former pastor of New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ, the very congregation in which the Gideon Moor story took place. She is a graduate of Ursinus College (B.A.) Moravian Seminary (M.Div.) and Drew University (Ph.D.). She has served as pastor of four churches, all in Montgomery County. She has traveled extensively to study and to teach. Clemens lives in Souderton, is married, has one daughter and two grandchildren. She is a passionate advocate for substance abuse relief.