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• The South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion was formed in 1845 when Bap­tists in South­ern states of the U.S. split with North­ern Bap­tists over the is­sue of slav­ery. In par­tic­u­lar, the two groups had dis­agreed on the is­sue of slave hold­ers be­ing al­lowed to be­come mis­sion­ar­ies. In 1861, the con­ven­tion pledged its sup­port to the Con­fed­er­acy. How­ever, in the mod­ern era, the con­ven­tion has apol­o­gized for its proslav­ery stance. In 1995, South­ern Bap­tist lead­ers for­mally re­nounced the church’s sup­port of slav­ery and seg­re­ga­tion. • The Na­tional Bap­tist Con­ven­tion USA traces its roots to 1880 when the Bap­tist For­eign Mis­sion Con­ven­tion was es­tab­lished. Ac­cord­ing to the de­nom­i­na­tion’s web­site, the for­eign mis­sion was formed be­cause its or­ga­niz­ers yearned to see the Gospel preached in Africa. The de­nom­i­na­tion evolved into and was for­merly es­tab­lished as the Na­tional Bap­tist Con­ven­tion USA in 1886. It is the old­est and largest black Bap­tist con­ven­tion in the U.S. and around the world.

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