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The DuPree Holiness Pentecostal Center (DHPC) has established a center in Florida with the purpose to gather, catalog, digitize and upload records including books, articles, journalistic accounts, tracts, sermons, diaries, photographs, posters, church literature, oral histories, media tapes, periodicals, academic theses, and dissertations to its server. Prioritized will be documents related to the Church of God in Christ, the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, and the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. However, DHPC is representing all African American Holiness Pentecostal organizations. The ultimate goal is to make previously unavailable material related to the Holiness Pentecostal Movement accessible on an international level.

This National African American Holiness Pentecostal Project started in 1980 by DuPree receiving the first grant from The University of Florida in 1981.  DuPree’s Biographical Dictionary in 1990 opened the door to additional support from the Gatorade Foundation, the National and Florida Humanities Councils.  In 1993, two books were published.  Under the auspices of the African American Holiness Pentecostal Research Project, research has expanded to include the role of religion in Africa and on American plantations.  The project has contributed to Pentecostals in the civil rights movement, historic tours, oral interviews, genealogy research, mapping of historic cemeteries and curriculum activities for students.

The DuPree Holiness Pentecostal Center has been awarded limited support for this effort provided by the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative (PCRI) at the University of Southern California (USC) which has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation. 

For more information, visit the PCRI site.

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