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Hosier, “Black Harry”  

Sandy Dwayne Martin

lay preacher, itinerant minister, early Methodist leader and guide, was born a slave, perhaps in the area of Fayetteville, North Carolina. There have been variations of his last name circulating throughout history: Hoosier, Hossier, and Hoshier in particular. Apparently he was often called “Black Harry” because of his purely African lineage. Little is known about his early life, his parentage or his family, and there is no record of the exact month and day of his death. He may have been enslaved by a Henry (or Harry) Dorset Gough in the Baltimore area.Hosier's tremendous power as a preacher, however, is well documented, beginning around 1780. Hosier preached in the Carolinas, the Middle Colonies and into the New England area. His fame as a circuit preacher emerged alongside several luminaries of early Methodism: Francis Asbury, Freeborn Garretson, Thomas Coke, Jesse Lee, Richard ...


Hosier, Harry “Black Harry”  

John H. Wigger

Harry Hosier's popularity and style influenced the wide range of African American preachers from the Methodists, Baptists, and other religious groups that emerged following the American Revolution. Little is known of Hosier's early life, though it is likely he was born in North Carolina, possibly in Fayetteville, in about 1750. Most accounts agree that Hosier born a slave but eventually gained his freedom. By 1780 Hosier was preaching among the Methodists in Virginia and the Upper South. Later, his preaching tours took him to Philadelphia, New York, and New England.

Hosier was a captivating public speaker Although he was illiterate he accurately memorized hymns and passages from the Bible In some settings Hosier preached only to African Americans but in other places he preached to mixed audiences of blacks and whites The Methodist preacher Henry Boehm heard Hosier preach a sermon of great eloquence and power in Delaware in ...


Wilson, Salim Charles  

Douglas H. Johnson

Sudanese slave who reversed the missionary process by becoming an African evangelist in England. Born Atobhil Macar Kathiec among the Gok Dinka of Sudan, he was captured by slavers, freed by the Egyptian army, and subsequently employed by the missionary Charles Wilson. Educated, baptized, and confirmed in England, Wilson joined abortive missions to the Congo and Tripoli in 1887–8 and 1893, but most of his missionary efforts were undertaken with the Methodists in England, where he become known as ‘the Black Evangelist of the North’. Settling in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, he married his landlady in 1913, an event filmed by the local cinema. He was a popular figure in the town, where he lived until his death.

Wilson produced three books about his life and the Dinka He wrote positively about Dinka religiosity and traced his own awareness of God to the beliefs and prayers of his people ...