Who is John Jasper?

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There is a very famous 20th century American painter named Jasper Johns.  I have included a link about him below in case that is who you meant.

The only person named John Jasper that I have ever heard of was an African American preacher who lived in Richmond, Virginia.  Jasper was born a slave and lived the first 50 years of his life as a slave.  He preached as a slave and continued preaching after emancipation.  After emancipation, he formed a free black congregation and built a church for it.  The black church was very important in the days after emancipation.  It was one of the main ways in which freed African Americans tried to build themselves a community in the face of white hostility.  It is for this reason that people like John Jasper are important in American history.


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