African-American Camp Meeting Traditions Through the Lens of Women


Minuette Floyd (University of South Carolina)

Camp meetings are outdoor religious worship services that take place annually, usually in rural areas of the United States. They are institutions that have been a part of the black religious experience, with large numbers of people traveling great distances to participate. Today, these traditions still exist in some communities. However, within the broader context and history of camp meetings, the voices of black women remain unheard. This presentation will “lift” the contributions of black women, taking into account their leadership and activism on the campgrounds, thus moving them from the periphery to the “center” of the camp meeting story.

Part of 07-03 Sacred Spaces [hybrid], Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am