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Leile, George
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(Liele; 1750?–1825?) was the first black ordained minister in the United States. Born a slave in Virginia, Leile was converted in 1773 at his master's church, where he was baptized and accepted into membership. Shortly thereafter he was given a license to preach.

In 1775 he was ordained, although he had already organized the first black Baptist church in the USA in 1773. (D. George was among the members.) Granted his freedom, Leile went to Jamaica in 1783, where his preaching to slaves there met with immediate success. By 1791 he had already baptized 400…

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Parris, Garnet A., “Leile, George”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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