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Absalom Jones had to overcome one trial after another to get where he wanted and needed to be, a leader in the Lord’s house. He was born into slavery – taught himself to read the Bible – saved a “king’s ransom” to buy his way out of bondage – traveled to Philadelphia and joined St. George’s Methodist Church, where he was such a good evangelist, more Black folk started coming, so the Whites panicked, built a slaves’ gallery and introduced segregation in the pews without telling anyone. When they tried to make Black people move, Jones and his friend Richard Allen led a walkout and founded their own African Church. Once formed, they petitioned the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania for admission, if the Bishop met certain demands. Jones was soon ordained a deacon, but had to wait another 9 years to become a priest. But he did so, making history with every step he took. St. Thomas’s African Episcopal Church remains a pride and joy of that diocese today. (The Rev. Dr. Lynn A. Collins)

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