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date: 04 June 2020

Williams, Peter, Sr. locked

1749–1823 American church founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination.

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Born a slave in the New York City area, Peter Williams, Sr., joined a Methodist church and became sexton in 1778. When his master, a Loyalist, returned to England in 1783 the church s trustees bought Williams Williams firmly believed in equality and was upset when black members ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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