Who was the first African-American Episcopalian priest? Since Alexander Crummell was ordained in 1844, isn't Absalom Jones, ordained priest in 1802, actually the first African-American...

Who was the first African-American Episcopalian priest? Since Alexander Crummell was ordained in 1844, isn't Absalom Jones, ordained priest in 1802, actually the first African-American Episcopalian priest ordained?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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According to the official web site of the Episcopal Church (episcopalchurch.org), Absalom Jones was the first African American priest. The church sets aside February 13 to "commemorate blessed Absalom, the first black priest and founder of the first black congregation in the Episcopal Church."

Absalom Jones helped to found another historically black denomination. In 1787, Jones, Richard Allen, and other black leaders founded the Free African Society when they were forced out of the white Methodist Episcopal Church. While Jones found his spiritual home within the Episcopal Church proper, Allen created a new Wesleyan denomination for African American worshipers, calling it the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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walthall | eNotes Newbie

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Bookrags site? Perhaps that was where I saw it.

In any event, I am glad we have clarified the matter,

so that others will not be misinformed.

Both Jones & Crummell deserve credit for their significant accomplishments. 

Thank you,

Charles Walthall 

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abyt42 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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The incorrect information was probably from the bookrags website. This morning it listed Crummell as the first African-American Episcopalian minister... (just so you know others have been misinformed as well.)

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walthall | eNotes Newbie

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I would swear that it was on this website that I read that Crummell was the first black ordained as an Episcopalian priest. Now, when I Google "Alexander Crummell" all I get is my statement. I should have made a hard copy of the statement I thought I read. It is not longer forthcoming. I'm sure no one changed the web site, ergo, I must have been mistaken. Mea maxima culpa. In any event, I will be preaching on him at the National Cathedral tomorrow.

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