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Archives: Notable African-Americans in Methodist History

 

African Americans have played a significant role in the history of the United Methodist denomination. Learn more in the features below about their lives, their struggles and their contributions.

West Ohio Bishop Gregory V. Palmer preaches during opening worship for the April 12-14 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta. Photo by Jennifer Silver, General Board of Global Ministries.

Mission agency makes King 50th a focus

Through site visits in Atlanta, drama and worship, directors and staff of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

James H. Salley sits in the driver seat of a tractor as a child in 1957 surrounded by three of his sisters. Salley, who grew up on his family’s farm in Allendale County, S.C., has established a scholarship at Africa University in honor of his hardworking parents, Marie and James Salley. Photo courtesy of James H. Salley.

Africa University’s top fundraiser endows scholarship

James H. Salley, the top fundraiser for Africa University, has donated more than $130,000 for an endowed scholarship to honor his parents and to help educate students from across Africa. Read More

The Rev. W. T. Handy, preaching in the 1950s. He later was elected one of the early African-American bishops in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction, and he’s among three African-American episcopal leaders featured in an exhibit at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library. Photo courtesy Bridwell Library.

‘Black Archives Matter’ campaign catches on

Archivist at United Methodist Perkins School of Theology goes all out to collect, process, publicize African-American materials. Read More

Speculative portrait of Annie Sweitzer by Richard C. Douglas, New Windsor, Maryland. Artwork courtesy of Richard C. Douglas and the Strawbridge Shrine Association.

Methodist History: Slave welcomed as one of first members

African-Americans were among the earliest converts to Methodism in America. Annie Sweitzer was one of the first. View

Stained glass window features Shelly Gale, an early deaconess at Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman.

Methodist History: Mother African Zoar’s Legacy

Pennsylvania congregation has cared for its community for 220 years, and passed on their spirit. 'We birthed five other churches.” View

In this 1979 photo, Hoover (right) and Mai Gray (center), president of the Women’s Division, greeted Lee Tae-young, affiliated with Ewha University in South Korea.

Remembering Theressa Hoover, woman of firsts

Trailblazing African-American female became a top executive in the denomination and a mentor who was “larger than life…gentle as a dove.” Read More

Archive photo of students at Sager Brown, a school and orphanage for African- American children.

Center Honors Black Methodists’ History

Heritage Center highlights important role African Americans play in the story of Methodism. "We all need to care more about each other’s stories." View

Image of the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley. Courtesy of Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA.

Tindley Temple: A Highlight of Methodist History

Learn about a church named for a Methodist preacher who drew huge crowds in the '20s and was a founding father of Gospel music. View

Joy is evident as the Rev. Sharma Lewis, center, of the North Georgia Conference is elected a United Methodist bishop on the first ballot July 13 by the denomination’s Southeastern Jurisdiction. Lewis is the first African-American woman to elected bishop by that jurisdiction. Photo by Ansley Brackin.

Southeastern elects first African-American woman as bishop

The Rev. Sharma Lewis of North Georgia is elected on first ballot of 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Read More