Alexander Crummell456

Fr. Alexander Crummell fought American racism all his life. Rejected by General Seminary because of his race, he finally became a priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, which then excluded him from diocesan convention. He left for England, earned a degree from Cambridge and moved to Liberia, where he tried to establish a national Episcopal Church. When funding ran out, he came home and founded urban parishes as centers of black worship and power, as well as the forerunner of the Union of Black Episcopalians, which defeated an attempt by Southern bishops to segregate the Episcopal Church. W.E.B. DuBois devoted a whole chapter to Fr. Crummell in “The Souls of Black Folk.”

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