Free African Society

Free African Society

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Free African Society was founded in Philadelphia in April 1787. The leaders were Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, free blacks whose goal was to create a non-denominational religious organization that served the spiritual, economic and social needs of Philadelphia's African-American community. Other leaders, all free blacks, were Samuel Baston, Joseph Johnson, Cato Freedman, Caesar Cranchell, James Potter and William White. The treasurer and clerk of the FAS was Joseph Clarke, a European-American Quaker. The FAS developed as part of the rise in civic organizing following United States' independence in the Revolutionary War. It was also directly related to its leaders' desires to create a separate group to meet African-American needs; they rejected the second-class status they were forced into at their white-dominated, former Methodist church.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 150g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136718529
  • 9786136718521