Throwback Thursday: Richard Allen

Here is this BHM Thursday Throwback: Richard Allen

richard allen

Richard Allen was born into slavery in Pennsylvania on February 14, 1760. He bought his freedom in 1783.

In 1799 he became the first African American to be ordained in the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Then in 1816, he founded the first national black church in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Richard went on to form the Free Produce Society where members would only purchase products from non-slave labor, in 1830.

F.M. Laster

“The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man”. -Huey P Newton

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