Black History Fact: Richard Allen

Virginia Bates

Richard Allen was born into slavery on February 14, 1760, in Philadelphia. He converted to Methodism when he was 17, became a preacher, and bought his freedom in 1783 for $2000. In 1787 Allen left St. George’s Methodist Church because of discrimination against AA and along with Absalom Jones, formed the Free African Society.  In 1794, he founded Bethel Church and went on to become the first Bishop of the 1st national Black church in the U.S., the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816.