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Lawnside in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jarena Lee

Women’s Heritage Trail

 
 
Jarena Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
1. Jarena Lee Marker
Inscription. Jarena Lee was born February 11, 1783 in Cape May, New Jersey. At the age of seven Lee was sent away to become a house servant. In 1804, Lee experienced a spiritual awakening and was baptized around 1807. After several years of struggle, she felt called by God to preach—but at that time women were not allowed to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. In 1811, Lee married Joseph Lee, the pastor of an AME Church in Snow Hill (now Lawnside), New Jersey. During the next several years she obtained permission from Reverend Bishop Richard Allen to hold prayer meetings and speak briefly after sermons if invited by a pastor. In 1817, Lee was finally given permission to preach by Bishop Allen. Her career as an evangelist lasted over three decades and took her thousands of miles. In 1836 Lee published a journal, which describes her career in detail. According to local legend, Lee is buried in an unmarked grave behind the church. “This day I walked six miles, and preached twice to large congregations, both in the morning and evening.” –Jarena Lee in her published Journal. (Inscription under the image on the right) Jarena Lee, aged 60 years, 1844. From her book “Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, giving an account of her call to Preach the Gospel,” 1849. (Inscription in the
Jarena Lee Marker in front of Mt. Pisgah Church image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
2. Jarena Lee Marker in front of Mt. Pisgah Church
boxes on the left-top to bottom) Top box: The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to live the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present. Bottom box: The gravesite of Jarena Lee at Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Lawnside is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail because of the determination and dedication of African American Preacher Jarena Lee.
 
Erected by Women's Heritage Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 52.273′ N, 75° 2.247′ W. Marker is in Lawnside, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker is at the intersection of Warwick Road and Mouldy Road on Warwick Road. Click for map. The marker is on the front lawn of the Mt. Pisgah Church. Marker is in this post office area: Lawnside NJ 08045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Story of the Peter Mott House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crystal Lake (approx. 1.5 miles away); King’s Road / Chew’s Landing Road
Jarena Lee "In Memory of" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
3. Jarena Lee "In Memory of" Marker
Sister Jarena Lee, 1783-?, First Woman Preacher A.M.E. Church.
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Hadrosaurus foulkii (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Hasrosaurus foulkii Sculpture (approx. 1.8 miles away); New Jersey Building (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jonas Cattell (approx. 1.9 miles away); Reeves-Glover House (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
Jarena Lee "In Memory Of" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
4. Jarena Lee "In Memory Of" Marker
It is located on the northern corner of the church property.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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