Monday, February 13, 2017
Absalom Jones died on this date in 1818. This date being February 13th. An important figure in black History for his abolitionist activity. Jones was also the first African American ordained priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Connections are easy to find when celebrating musicians, sports figures, and actors. As fans they become part of your life. But what do I have in common with Absalom Jones?
I'm Episcopalian and he is part of my church's history. He is listed among the Saints and is even included in our Book of Common Prayers.
If you belong to a denomination, who was your first Black clergy member?