Ministers, bishops, priest, etc. men, women, institutions, and organizations of spirituality in America through the Black experience.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, a first for Black Minnesota

Pilgrim Baptist Church

On this date in 1866, Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN, was formally organized with its first service.

Umoja Karamu celebrated

On this date Umoja Karamu is celebrated. Always held on the fourth Sunday in November, this celebration was created in 1971 to inject new meaning and solidarity into the Black family through ceremony and symbol.

Blacks allowed priesthood in the Mormon Church!

On this date in 1978, the Mormon Church announced that Blacks would be allowed to hold the priesthood.

Henry Plummer, a vindicated Chaplain

Henry V. Plummer

Henry Plummer, a Black soldier and chaplain, was born on this date in 1844.

African Burial Ground in New York City re-established and reconsecrated

On this date in 2003, an African Burial Ground in New York City was re-established and re-consecrated.

The African Burial Ground is a 6-acre cemetery that was used between the late 1600s and 1796, and originally contained between 10,000 and 20,000 burials. The discovery of the African Burial Ground occurred in June 1991. Earlier that month, construction workers began to dig the foundation for a new $300 million federal government building in lower Manhattan. It all stopped when they came upon the burial ground, where they found wooden coffins and human remains.

Peter Claver, patron saint of slaves

Peter Claver

*This date in 1581 marks the birth of Peter Claver. He was a Black patron saint.

From Verdu, Catalonia, Spain he was also known as Slave of the Blacks and Slave of the Slaves. Claver was a farmer's son. He studied at the University of Barcelona and was a Jesuit Priest at age 20. Influenced by Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, Claver became a missionary in America. He ministered to slaves physically and spiritually when they arrived in Cartegena, converting an estimated 300,000. He worked for humane treatment on American plantations for over 40 years.

St. Martin de Porres , the first Black saint in the Americas

St. Martin de Porres

*On this date in 1579, St. Martin de Porres was born. He was a Black patron saint.

From Lima, Peru he was often called Saint Martin of Charity; and the Saint of the Broom (for his devotion to his work, no matter how menial). De Porres was the Illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a young freed Black slave, he grew up in poverty. De Porres spent part of his youth with a surgeon-barber where he learned some medicine and how to care for the sick. At age 11 he became a servant in the Dominican priory.

Rev. Henry Lyons pleads guilty

*On this date in 1999, Rev. Henry Lyons pled guilty to tax evasion, embezzlement and grand theft.

These charges were committed while he served as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc., the largest Black denomination in America. Rev. Henry Lyons was a fraud and a thief.

The sordid tale began in 1997 when Lyons' wife, Deborah, set fire to a home she discovered her husband had purchased with Bernice Edwards, a companion whom Lyon said was his mistress. Rev. Lyons was released from prison in December, 2003.

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John Burgess, an ambassador of the church

John Burgess

*On this date in 1909, John Burgess was born. He was an African American bishop.

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, John Melville Burgess’ father was Theodore T. Burgess, a dining car waiter on the Pierre Marquette Railroad. His mother was Ethel I. (Beverly) Burgess. In 1930, he graduated from the University of Michigan and received his master's degree in sociology a year later. He graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in 1934 and returned began his ministry in Grand Rapids.

New Hope Baptist Church of Newark, a beginning

*On this date in 1903, The New Hope Baptist Church of Newark was organized. The New Hope Baptist Church is one of the oldest Black churches in the state of New Jersey.