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On this date, we mark the birth of Absalom Jones in 1746, a Black minister and abolitionist.
A house slave from Delaware, Jones taught himself to read out of the New Testament and other books. At the age of 16, he was sold to a store owner in Philadelphia, and he was soon attending a night school for blacks operated by Quakers. In 1766, he married another slave and purchased her freedom with his earnings, buying his own freedom in 1784.learn more
The birth of James Varick in 1750 is celebrated on this date. He was the first Black Methodist Episcopal Zion Bishop in America.learn more
The birth of Harry Hosier in 1750 is celebrated on this date. He was a renowned Black preacher and an evangelist.learn more
*The birth of George Leile is celebrated on this date in 1750. He was a Black minister. Named after his master, he was born a slave on the plantation of a Mr. Leile in the State of Virginia. Early in his life, speculators brought him to Georgia and sold him to Henry Sharpe, of Kiokee, […]learn more
*The birth of George Liele is celebrated on this date in 1752. He was a Black pastor. George Liele was born into slavery in Virginia and taken to Georgia. As an adult, he was converted by Rev. Matthew Moore of Burke County, Georgia, in 1777. He continued to worship in Moore’s white church for four years until Savannah […]learn more
On this date Lemuel Haynes was born in 1753. He was a Black minister.
A sympathetic white Evangelical family raised this abandoned mixed child as an indentured servant in West Hartford, Connecticut. Haynes was a soldier in the Continental Army who believed that the American Revolution should have expanded to free slaves. He gives details on this in 1776 with an essay Liberty Further Extended. This pioneering essay was unknown and unpublished until 1983. Haynes was the pastor of several White churches, principally in Rutland, Vermont.learn more
*This dates Registry from 1758, briefly writes about the history of the Black Church in America. This institution which was the first source of land ownership for slaves in America (with the human character of black people) is viewed as the reason and savior of oppressed African people in the United States.learn more
*On this date in 1760, Richard Allen was born in Philadelphia. He was a Black religious leader, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.learn more
*This date, The Registry honors Ethiopian Jews. Ethiopian Jews or Beta Israel are a Black African ethnic group from northwestern Ethiopia who practice Judaism.learn more
*On this date in 1770, Morris Brown was born. He was a Black minister and abolitionist. Born to parents who were free people of color in Charleston, South Carolina, Brown received no formal education and he was taught skills at home. He and his family were successful and considered part of the city’s free Black elite. Its large Black population was […]learn more
The First African Baptist Church of Savannah, GA., one of the oldest Black churches in North America, began on this date in 1777.learn more
This date in 1779 marks the first publication of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” John Newton a White British man was responsible for writing one of the most beloved hymns of all times.
He was a British naval midshipman and a slave trader, who became a hymn writer and clergyman. He was on a homeward voyage while sailing his slave ship through a violent storm when he experienced what he referred to later as his “great deliverance.” Newton awoke in the middle of the night and prayed to God as the ship filled with water.learn more
*The birth of Catherine Ferguson in 1779 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black minister and advocate of childcare.learn more
*Daniel Coker’s birth is celebrated on this date c-1780. He was a Black minister and publisher. He was born enslaved as Isaac Wright in Baltimore, or Frederick County, Maryland, to Susan Coker, a white woman, and Daniel Wright, a Black slave. Under a 1664 Maryland slave law, Wright was considered a slave as his father was a slave. During […]learn more
*The birth of Peter Spencer is celebrated on this date in 1782. He was a religious leader and the father of the Independent Black Church Movement. Born a slave in Kent County, Maryland, Spencer was manumitted upon the death of his master and moved to Wilmington. A mechanic with some knowledge of the law, Spencer […]learn more