Category: Religion

  • Mon, 1786-09-04

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

    From Charleston, SC, he was named...

  • Thu, 1788-04-10

    William Paul Quinn was born on this date in 1788. He was a Black religious leader and the fourth Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church...

  • Sun, 1791-07-17

    On this date in 1791, the groundbreaking for the Bethel AME Church of Philadelphia occurred. Mother Bethel Church (as it is called) was a stop on...

  • Tue, 1794-02-04

    *This date marks the founding of the first Black Methodist Episcopal church in America in 1794.

    This took place in Philadelphia, PA...

  • Sun, 1795-02-15

    *Rebecca Cox Jackson was born on this date in 1795. She was a Black woman who became an eldress in the Shaker religion and founded a Shaker...

  • Wed, 1800-11-19

    On this date, we focus on Black spiritual music in America.

    Many Black spirituals resulted from the white folk music tradition and many...

  • Thu, 1800-12-11

    On this date, from 1800, we celebrate the Shango religion, one of many African inspired religions practiced in the Americas.

    Practiced...

  • Sun, 1808-06-12

    On this date in 1808, we celebrate the founding of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

    Black Americans along with a group of...

  • Sun, 1811-02-24

    *On this date in 1811, Bishop Daniel A. Payne was born. He was an African American historian, educator and AME minister.

    He was born in...

  • Sat, 1812-07-04

    John Jasper, a Black preacher, philosopher, and orator, was born on this date in 1812.

    Jasper was born in Fluvanna County, VA, the...

  • Thu, 1813-03-11

    *The birth of Henriette Delille in 1813 is celebrated on this date. She was a Creole abolitionist and religious leader.

    She was...

  • Tue, 1816-04-09

    On this date in 1816, representatives of five Methodist congregations assembled at the Bethel church in Philadelphia.

    Dissatisfied with...

  • Fri, 1816-04-19

    *The opening of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816 is celebrated on this date.

    The history of Emanuel African Methodist...

  • Wed, 1819-03-03

    *Alexander Crummell was born on this date in 1819. He was a Black nationalist and missionary.

    Born in lower Manhattan to father Boston...

  • Wed, 1823-05-21

    *The birth of Julia A. J. Foote in 1823 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black evangelist and author.

    Foote was born in...

  • Wed, 1825-10-19

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

    From in New York City his...

  • Sat, 1826-08-19

    *On this date in 1826 Mansfield Tyler was born. He was an African American minister and administrator.

    Tyler was born a slave near...

  • Wed, 1828-07-02

    On this date in 1828, the Oblate Sisters of Providence were established. This was the first Black order of nuns in America.

    On that date...

  • Sat, 1829-10-03

    *The birth of James Theodore Holly in 1829 is marked on this date. He was a Black minister and abolitionist.

    From Detroit, Michigan, his...

  • Tue, 1830-04-06

    *On this date in 1830, James A. Healy was born. He was a Black priest and the first Black bishop in America.

    James Augustine Healy was...