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date: 31 May 2020

White, George locked

(1904–after 1949), religious leader,
  • Diane Austin-Broos


was born into a family of modest farmworkers who resided in the Nassau Valley of St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. His mother, Emma Elizabeth White, reputedly was a Moravian. George White would become the preeminent leader of Unitarian or “Oneness” Pentecostalism in Jamaica prior to World War II. His departure from the movement in 1937 came in the context of racial tensions that marked the initial expansion of Pentecostalism in the United States and the Caribbean. Notwithstanding, White made an early and singular contribution to the movement. Followers referred to him as the “St. Paul of Jamaica.”

White migrated from St. Elizabeth to Kingston in 1919 or 1920 and found work delivering bread for a bakery in Allman Town Central Kingston At this time he also attended a branch of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ a US based Trinitarian church led by the notable African American C H ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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