On this day...
November 6, 1746 Absalom Jones, major leader of the Black Pioneer period, was born in slavery in Sussex, Delaware. ... Absalom Jones along with Richard Allen founded the Free African Society that sought to further ties between blacks in America and those in Africa. They also Founded Black Episcopal Church and become the first black Americans to be formally ordained in any denomination. In his first sermon at the African Church of Philadelphia, Jones put out the call to his fellow African Americans to “arise out of the dust and shake ourselves, and throw off that servile fear, that the habit of oppression and bondage trained us up in.”
Mr. Jones became the heart of social and religious life for Philadelphia's African-American community. At the pulpit, his sermons advocated the abolition of slavery, and he also organized petition drives—one of them the first ever from an African-American group—that pleaded with government to end slavery in the United States. Jones was also active in education, both as a teacher and the founder of a school for blacks, and in the Black Masonic lodge in Philadelphia, of which he served as a Grand Master. In 1809, he co-founded the Society for the Suppression of Vice and Immorality with Allen and James Forten, an affluent sail-maker. The group campaigned against the sale of alcoholic beverages, and was also active in civil defense efforts in Philadelphia during the War of 1812.
DARC salutes Absalom Jones on this the anniversary of his birth.