Religion

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

From slavery to ministry, Jehu Jones


Cornerstone

*The birth of Jehu Jones, Jr. in 1786 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave and minister.

From Africa to Sicily, Saint Benedict the Black


Saint Benedict

The birth of Benedict the Black in 1526 is celebrated on this date. He was a black patron saint.

He was born in Messina, Italy on the estate of Chevalier de Lanza a San Fratello. His parents, Christopher and Diana, were slaves who had been taken from Africa to Sicily. Granted his freedom at age 18, he stayed as an employee of his former master. Ridiculed and mocked by others due to his origin and skin color, he never forgot his humanity. He met with, and became enamored of, a group of Franciscan hermits near Palermo.

The oldest A.M.E. church in Georgia, Saint Philip


Saint Philip AME

Saint Philip A.M.E. Church was established on this date in 1865, the oldest A.M.E. Church in the state of Georgia.

It was Organized by the Reverend A. L. Stanford in Savannah, Georgia, at the close of the Civil War. Later that year the Sunday school began. In September 1896, a storm demolished the building, and the church was a mass of ruins. During its interim, the Odd Fellow’s Hall was secured for worship. Saint Philip officers and members of Trinity Methodist Church moved to purchase property on West Broad and Charles Streets.

The Sixth Mount Zion Baptist church of Richmond founded

*The Sixth Mount Zion Baptist was founded on this date in 1867. John Jasper organized Sixth Mount Zion in Richmond, Virginia, he would go on to become one of the nations most well-known post Civil War Black ministers.

The conception of "Amazing Grace"


John Newton

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.

Sarah Williamson, missionary in Africa


Sarah Williamson

Sarah Williamson was born on this date in 1899. She was an African American teacher, administrator, and missionary.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Williamson was sent to boarding school at Hampton Normal School (now Hampton University). There she completed four years of high school and two years of normal school. After graduation she attended the University of Rochester in New York for two years training for missionary work in Africa.

St. Peter Claver Church, a Minnesota milestone


St. Peter Claver Church (1892)

On this date, we celebrate the founding of Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church in 1892. For over 100 years it has served a large percentage of the African American community in St. Paul, MN.

Rembert Stokes, educator of the spirit


Rembert Stokes

Rembert E. Stokes was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American bishop, educator, and administrator.

The Dixie Hummingbirds, 80 years of gospel tradition


The Dixie
Hummingbirds (1942)

The founding of the Dixie Hummingbirds in 1928 is celebrated on this date. They are an African American Gospel singing group.

William Howard Day, editor and minister


William Howard Day

*On this date in 1825, William Day was born. He was a Black abolitionist, editor, educator and a minister.