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Carol Parker Terhune

slave, minister, and religious activist, was born into slavery in Kentucky as Mary Frances Taylor. Known as “Fannie,” she was the fifth of sixteen children and the reported favorite of her parents, Mary and Jonathan Taylor Jonathan Taylor was the freeborn son of a slave mother and her white master while Fannie s mother Mary was a slave Although Mary and Jonathan were allowed by her owner to marry he spent only part of each week on the plantation where Mary and their children worked as slaves Fannie s family was not a religious family and although she had an understanding and acknowledgement of God she was anything but pious in her youth and took pleasure in dancing When Fannie was fourteen years old her aunt a religious woman challenged her behavior explaining the evils of dancing and its sinful implications This conversation ultimately led ...


David Killingray

Missionary and first black South African ordained as a Christian minister. Soga was a Xhosa speaker born in the Eastern Cape. He received his first formal education at the Presbyterian Mission school at Lovedale. During the Xhosa–British War of 1846–7, Soga and his Christian mother became refugees. In 1848 a missionary took him to Scotland for further education, where he was also baptized; he returned to South Africa as a catechist in 1849. In the continuing conflict between the Xhosas and white settlers on the Eastern Cape frontier, Soga lived in Grahamstown and was identified with European interests. In 1851 Soga went to the Free Church Seminary in Glasgow to train for the ministry. He was ordained and returned to South Africa in 1857 with his white Scottish wife Janet Burnside Soga and his wife experienced considerable racial prejudice in South Africa but moved inland to a ...


Jeff Opland

Xhosa missionary and author, was born at Gwali in the Tyhume valley, the seventh child of Soga and Nosuthu. His birth name, Zisani, was later changed to Tiyo, perhaps a form of the English name Theo; later still, he earned the praise name Dolo limdaka Dirty Knee from his habit of praying His mother the daughter of Ngayi was an early convert to Christianity who separated from her polygamist husband she was a strong supporter of her son s career as a missionary and was present at his death Tiyo Soga s father was the son of Jotelo son of Mthika son of Khonwana of the Jwarha clan A chief councillor to the Rharhabe king he was overruled in his opposition to the cattle killing in 1856 1857 and to the nineteenth century frontier wars and died fighting in the last war in 1877 yet Soga was familiar with ...


Mary Krane Derr

writer and religious worker, was born near Providence, Bureau County, Illinois, the youngest child of two emancipated slaves, Malinda (Philbrick) and Reverend James Suggs, a Free Methodist minister. Eliza's parents had met near Ripley, Mississippi, after they were both sold to a Mr. Suggs. As teens, the couple married and experienced religious conversions and after the Civil War moved to Illinois. Under slavery, the Suggses had four children: Ellen, Lucinda, Calvin, and Franklin. Afterwards they had four more daughters: Sarah, Katharine (Kate), Lenora, and finally Eliza Gertrude Between the ages of one month and six years Eliza inexplicably broke one bone after another Moving about and even sitting up caused her intense pain Years later doctors speculated that she had severe rickets Twenty first century physicians might evaluate her for the genetic bone disorder osteogenesis imperfecta Yet during her childhood medicine ...