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Henry McNeal Turner

 
 
Henry McNeal Turner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Henry McNeal Turner Marker
Inscription.
Historical Bicentennial Marker In Memory Of
Henry McNeal Turner
1834 - 1915

Birthplace: Newberry, South Carolina - Boyhood Home: Abbeville, South Carolina
Missionary Pioneer to South Africa, Liberation Theologian Social
and Political Activist, First Black United States Military Chaplain.
Consecrated Twelfth Bishop African Methodist Episcopal Church
-1880-
Senior Bishop
Henry Wendell Murph
Active Bishops
    John Hurst Adams                    Frederick Calhoun James    Cornelius Egbert Thomas
Richard Allen Hidebrand         Frank Madison Reid, Jr.       James Haskell Mayo
Samuel Solomon Morris, Jr.    Frank Curtis Cummings      Harold Benjamin Senatle
Frederick Hilborn Talbot         Philip Robert Cousin           Robert Lee Pruitt
Hamel Hartford Brookins        Donald George Ming           Henry Allen Belin, Jr.
Vinton Randolph Anderson    Rembert Edwards Stokes    Vernon Randolph Byrd

Retired Bishops
Decatur Ward Nichols            Ernest Lawrence Hickman    Harold Irvin Bearden
Howard Thomas Primm          Harrison James Bryant          Hubert Nelson Robinson

Marker Dedicated at
Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
Henry McNeal Turner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. Henry McNeal Turner Marker
Church
Newberry, South Carolina
March 15, 1987

 
Erected 1987 by Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
Location. 34° 16.104′ N, 81° 36.887′ W. Marker is in Newberry, South Carolina, in Newberry County. Marker is on Caldwell Street near Player Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Caldwell Street, Newberry SC 29108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calvin Crozier Murder Site (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newberry Village Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mollohon Mill and Village (approx. half a mile away); Korean War (approx. half a mile away); Newberry (approx. half a mile away); Newberry County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); Calvin Crozier (approx. half a mile away); Old Court House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Newberry.
 
Regarding Henry McNeal Turner. Henry McNeal Turner (1834-1915)
In 1834, Henry McNeal Turner was born free in South Carolina. He was taught to read and write, while working in a lawyer's office. turner received his license to preach in 1853 and was recruited as a traveling minister for
Henry McNeal Turner Marker (R) and Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
3. Henry McNeal Turner Marker (R) and Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
the Methodist Episcopal Church. While at Trinity College in Baltimore, Turner studied Law, Greek, Hebrew, and theology. Alongside his spiritual growth was the development of his radical political views. As the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia, Bishop Turner was famous for projecting Black pride in his sermons; he was often quoted as stating, "God is a Negro." President Abraham Lincoln appointed Turner army chaplain -- the first Black man to be assigned the position. After the Civil War, Turner worked with the Freedman's Bureau in Georgia. In the 1868 elections, Turner was one of the several Black men elected to the state legislature who served briefly before being expelled as a result of white protests. (Source:
If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace by Karin L. Stanford [2009] pg 92.)
Miller Church

This church, founded in 1867, was one of the first A.M.E. churches north of Columbia. It was organized when black Methodists in Newberry sent Carolina Brown and Winnie Simmons to Columbia for the third annual meeting of the South Carolina Conference of the A.M.E. Church. They asked Rev. Simeon Miller to serve their new church and later named it for him. Rev. Hiram Young was the first presiding elder.
The congregation first held its services in a cotton warehouse, but acquired this lot and built a church of their own
Henry McNeal Turner Marker seen at 500 Caldwell Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
4. Henry McNeal Turner Marker seen at 500 Caldwell Street
in 1869-70. In 1870, when Miller Chapel A.M.E. Church hosted the first meeting of the Columbia Conference, conference delegates voted to found Payne Institute (now Allen University). This church, later enlarged several times, was covered in brick veneer in the 1970s. (The Newberry County African American Heritage Committee)
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. study marker shown.
 
Also see . . .  Henry McNeal Turner , Wikipedia entry. He received his preacher's license from the Methodist Church South in 1853. He traveled through the south for a few years as an evangelist and married in 1856. He later had 14 children. (Submitted on May 4, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
Henry McNeal Turner image. Click for full size.
Twentieth Century Negro Literature (from Wikipedia), circa 1902
5. Henry McNeal Turner
Miller Chapel AME Church ( Marker Sponsor) Remodeled and Modernization 1925 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
6. Miller Chapel AME Church ( Marker Sponsor) Remodeled and Modernization 1925
Includes Names of Bishop,Pastors, Stewards and Trustees
 
 
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