Alexander Crummell456

Fr. Crummell struggled against American racism all his life. Rejected by General Seminary, he finally became a priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, which then excluded him from diocesan convention. He left for England and later 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. W.E.B. DuBois devoted a chapter to Fr. Crummell in his best-known work “The Souls of Black Folk.”

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