Albert Raboteau, Expert on African American Religious History, Dead at 78

Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service reports, “Albert J. Raboteau, an American religion historian who helped students and journalists enhance their understanding of African American religion, has died.” He was a mentor and professor at Princeton University, where he taught beginning in the 1980s. Raboteau was known for his books that chronicled African American religion, most notably Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South. Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s African American studies department, said in a statement, “His brilliance knew no boundaries. His work helped create an entire field, and he could move just as easily in the fields of literature and film.”

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