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The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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AME Church Unity Prayer Service program

Single sheet folded to created four-page program. Cover includes title, date and time, logo for African Methodist Episcopal Church, and list of speakers. Interior pages detail elements of the service and include the names of the victims of the October 27 attack. Back page includes acknowledgements and clip art image of hands.

Historical Notes

The Pittsburgh-West Virginia Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church held a Unity Prayer Service at the Bethel AME Church in the Hill District on November 1, 2018 to honor the victims and survivors of the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018. The service consisted of words of comfort, hope, and healing by representatives of local organizations and religious communities including Rev. Liddy Barlow of Christian Associates of Western Pennsylvania, Imam Hamza Perez of the Islamic Community, Senior Bishop McKinley Young of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh City Councilman Robert LaVelle Jr., and Richard A. Stewart of Pittsburgh's N.A.A.C.P Unit #2285, among others. Presiding Elder Eric Brown led a moment of silence for the victims of the attack.

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Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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