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Raphaelle Peale, 1810: Absalom Jones. He and his friend Richard Allen led a walkout from their Philadelphia Methodist church when it tried to impose racial segregation one Sunday. They organized their own church, which became St. Thomas’s African Episcopal Church, on the condition that Mr. Jones be licensed as a layreader and eventually ordained by William White, the founding father of The Episcopal Church. (Delaware Art Museum)

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