At the River

At the River

A film by Dr. Carolyn Crowder

At the River is an oral history project designed to collect personal stories of white, Southern Presbyterian ministers who took a stand during the Civil Rights era.

This history is not generally known and the ministers have remained quiet about those times in humility, and because they felt that they were not at the same risk as African Americans in their towns and cities.

Their actions in support of welcoming blacks to their congregations took courage, and often resulted in the loss of their ministries.  There were threats to their children, loss of church housing, loss of pulpits, and the loneliness and pressure of going up against their culture and the prevalent religious beliefs of the deep South.

These ministers, 25 to 35 years of age during the Civil Rights era, put themselves and their families at risk because they believed that  the stand they were taking was in accordance with “the Gospel.”


Director Carolyn Crowder is at the rough cut stage.


How To Donate

All donations for the production and distribution of At the River are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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For More Information

For more information, you can contact Laura Healy, Program Administrator at Auburn at:

Phone: 212-870-3155 or 212-662-4315
E-mail: [email protected]

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