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Preacher Jarena Lee: Praise in the Meantime

    Illustration of outdoor church gathering

    Jarena Lee, First Black Woman Preacher

    “Mrs. Jarena Lee, African Methodist Episcopal Church Evangelist,” 1849

    “Mrs. Jarena Lee, African Methodist Episcopal Church Evangelist,” 1849

    The Persistence of Faith

    Poster for the Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia

    Poster for the Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia

    an old man said he did not believe the coloured people had any souls . . . I labored on in the best manner . . . looking to God all the while . . . After I had done speaking, . . . [the old man] . . . said that my preaching might seem a small thing, yet . . . I had the worth of souls at heart.

    Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel, 1836

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