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Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843)

And His Devoted Wife, Annes

 
 
Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) And His Devoted Wife, Annes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, October 8, 2006
1. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) And His Devoted Wife, Annes Marker
Inscription. Born a slave, Bishop Spencer was the father of Delaware’s independent Black church movement. In 1813, he founded the Union Church of Africans, presently known as the African Union Methodist Protestant Church. The mother AUMP church stood on this site from 1813 to 1970. The Union American Methodist Episcopal Church (UAME), formally organized in 1865, traces its origins to Spencer. He was also the founder of “August Quarterly” in 1813, one of the oldest Black folk festivals in America. (Marker Number NC-84.)
 
Location. 39° 44.604′ N, 75° 32.835′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of North French Street and East Eighth Street, on the right when traveling north on North French Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (here, next to this marker); Louis L. Redding City County Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barliz Jordan, June 7, 2014
2. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker
line); Walnut Street YMCA (about 800 feet away); Saint Joseph Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caesar Rodney Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Regarding Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843). The August Quarterly, which began in 1814, became a kind of Independence Day for Black people on the Delmarva Peninsula. In fact, in the early years of the festival abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors of the stature of Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman were often in the Wilmington area to assist slaves who chose to escape. The Big Quarterly, over the years, has remained a time of reunion, religious revival and celebration of freedom for the people in and around Wilmington, Delaware.
 
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Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barliz Jordan, June 7, 2014
3. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker
Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barliz Jordan, June 7, 2014
4. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker
Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barliz Jordan, June 7, 2014
5. Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) Marker
 
 
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