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Jones, Absalom
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(Nov 6, 1746, Sussex, DE – Feb 13, 1818, Philadelphia) was the first black Episcopal priest in the United States and a lifelong leader in Philadelphia's black community. Born a slave, Jones was brought to Philadelphia in 1760. There he purchased his freedom in 1784. Together with fellow freedman, Richard Allen, he founded the Free African Society, a benevolent organization, in 1787. An independent African church grew from this society after Jones and Allen led a black walkout from St. George's Methodist church over the disruption…

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Maxson, Rachel E., “Jones, Absalom”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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