Baptism in Schuylkill River
Original Author: Joseph Crukshank and Isaac Collins, printers
Created: 1770
Medium: Woodcut
Publisher: Library of Congress; Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Baptism in Schuylkill River

A believer is baptized in Pennsylvania's Schuylkill River while a Baptist minister preaches to his congregation on the shore. This woodcut was published in a 1770 multivolume history of American Baptists by Morgan Edwards. Most Baptists eschewed infant baptism, restricting the sacrament to those beyond the age of reason who professed belief or a conversion experience. They administered the rite by full immersion in water.