26 NOVEMBER 2019 / Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America visits National Museum of African American History and Culture

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who leads the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States, paid a visit this summer to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. There, one of his predecessors, Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, is commemorated for his support of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) was a founding donor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is sited on the National Mall in the U.S. capital and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum was dedicated in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

The Museum incorporates a number of areas for visitors to pause and reflect, and one of these, through SNF’s support, was named for Archbishop Iakovos, who joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama as part of the protest marches organized from Selma to Montgomery. A portrait of Archbishop Iakovos appears in this space, paired with a quote: “Our church has never hesitated to fight, when it felt it must, for the rights of mankind; and many of our Churchmen have been in the forefront of these battles time and again.”

Archbishop Elpidophoros visited the Museum in July 2019, soon after his June enthronement as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.