Sep 10 – Alexander Crummell

Sep 10 - Alexander Crummell

Alexander Crummell
Priest + Missionary + Educator
10 September 1898

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From the Satucket Lectionary

portrait of Alexander CrummellAlexander Crummell was born in New York City in 1819, and wished to study for the priesthood, but received many rebuffs because he was black. He was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusets in 1844, when he was 25 years old, but was excluded from a meeting of priests of the diocese, and decided to go to England. After graduating from Cambridge, he went to Liberia, an African country founded under American auspices for the repatriation of freed slaves. Crummell hoped to see established in Liberia a black Christian republic, combining the best of European and African culture, and led by a Western-educated black bishop. He visited the United States and urged blacks to join him in Liberia and and swell the ranks of the  church there. His work in Liberia ran into opposition and indifference, and he returned to the United States, where he undertook the founding and strengthening of urban black congregations that would provide worship, education, and social services for their communities. When some bishops proposed a separate missionary district for black parishes, he organized a  group, now known as the Union of Black Episcopalians, to fight the proposal.

by James Kiefer


[More information can be found on a site devoted to Black history; also available is a profile on him, from WEB DuBois The Souls of Black Folk.]


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