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Milford in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Absalom Jones


Absalom Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
1. Absalom Jones Marker
Inscription.  Born near this place on a plantation known as “Cedar Town”, Jones moved to Philadelphia in 1762 and in 1784 purchased his freedom. He helped to establish the Free African Society in 1787. A leader of the independent African-American church movement, in 1792 he organized St. Thomas’ African Episcopal Church (Philadelphia) and in 1804 became the first African-American to be ordained an Episcopal Priest. He fervently opposed slavery and other forms of social injustice.
Erected by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number S-81.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1762.
Location. 38° 54.853′ N, 75° 24.241′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Cedar Beach Road (Delaware Route 36) 0.2 miles west of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19859 Cedar Beach Road, Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Holly (approx. 0.8 miles away); History of Goat Island / Milford Contributes to the War Effort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Milford Parks and Recreation Director… (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Vinyard Shipbuilding Company (approx. one mile away); Milford Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Liberty Tree Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Calvary Church, Franklin St. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nixon Palace Theater, N. Walnut St. (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Absalom Jones in Philadelphia
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Photographed By Delaware Art Musuem
2. Absalom Jones
1810 Painting by Raphaelle Peale
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,246 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 9, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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