in Pittsburgh belonged to their local church. In the late 1800’s, several Blacks, concerned about the social isolation of their children and the segregated religious setting they experienced, began to push for the establishment of a separate mission to serve their needs. Among those who were instrumental in this effort was Sadie B. Hamilton, a graduate of Wilberforce University and a life-long Episcopalian. In response to this request in 1875, Bishop John Barrett Kerfoot (1816-1881) of the Diocese of Pittsburgh brought the Reverend W. F. Floyd to Pittsburgh to establish a mission among the “colored people” of this community. As a result of this effort, St. Cyprian’s Mission was established and met in Trinity Church parish house. In December 1877, The Reverend W. F. Floyd transferred to Cincinnati.
On January 15, 1878, The Reverend William Wilson was ordained to the Priesthood in Trinity Church by Bishop Kerfoot and placed in charge of St. Cyprian’s Mission, which held services in a building on Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The Reverend Wilson left Pittsburgh in 1897 and St. Cyprian’s Mission was closed by Bishop Cortlandt Whitehead (1882-1922). The mission was reopened at the Church Army Headquarters under Captain William B. Anderson and Captain G. P. Hance (d.1954), who later became Brother Hance, founder of St. Barnabas Home. The mission was moved to a storeroom at the corner of Centre Avenue and Roberts Streets in the Hill District where Captain Anderson and Oliver G. Walter, a layman, conducted the services.
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