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Absalom Jones, Abolitionist

Absalom Jones by Peale

Portrait of the Rev’d Absalom Jones, by Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825). From Wikipedia.

Set us free, O heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice  and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of thy servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which thou hast given us in thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Rev’d Absalom Jones was the first African American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church (1802).

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