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Timothy J. McMillan

slave and accused witch, was one of the few blacks in colonial New England to be born in the English colony of Barbados. Candy came to Salem Village, Massachusetts, with her owner Margarett Hawke sometime in the years immediately preceding the notorious witchcraft panic of 1692. As with many of the key players in the Salem witch trials, Candy has left little in the historical record other than the accusations against her, court testimony, and the judgment against her. Still, even this small amount of information is compelling. There were strong economic and political ties between Salem and Barbados, resting on the shipping industry and trade in slave-manufactured goods, particularly sugar and cotton. In fact the Reverend Samuel Parris and his famous Amerindian slave Tituba also were from Barbados and it was in his household that the witch panic of 1692 began.

On 2 July 1692 Candy was ...


Graham Russell Hodges

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to free but poor black parents, Hodges received no education in his early years and at the age of ten shipped out as a “waiting boy” on a schooner bound from Philadelphia to the West Indies. Over the next few years he visited many European ports. During the American Revolution a British warship forced his vessel into New York harbor; destitute, friendless, and illiterate, he wandered throughout the region before settling in Warwick, in Orange County, New York. His employer, a man named Jennings, had acquired much property through litigation, actions that prompted his legal victims to plot to kill him. The conspirators brought Hodges into the plot and took advantage of his intemperance, developed during his years as a seaman, to persuade him to perform the killing. On 21 December 1819 Hodges shot his master in the woods The bullet severely wounded Jennings ...


church founder and former Catholic priest, was born in New Bern, North Carolina, the oldest of six children of George Augustus Stallings Sr. and the former Dorothy Smith, a convent housekeeper. Stallings's early upbringing took place in the Catholic faith, but his grandmother introduced him to black Baptist worship, which led him to aspire to become a Protestant preacher. His mother, however, persuaded him to become a Catholic priest. He completed Asheville Catholic High School and later matriculated at Saint Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky, where he was awarded a BA in Philosophy in 1970. Later that year Stallings enrolled at the North American College in Italy. In Rome he obtained three degrees from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas: an STB in 1973, an MA in Pastoral Theology in 1974, and a STL in 1975.

In 1974 Stallings was ordained at ...