Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Daniel Alexander Payne
Daniel A. Payne was born a free person of color in Charleston, South Carolina and came to Gettysburg Seminary in 1835 to study theology after a law prohibiting the education of slaves forced him to close his school and abandon teaching. With his arrival on campus, he became the first African American to study at the institution. In addition to his classes, Payne participated in the student mission society, organized Sunday school classes for Black children, and established a moral and mental improvement society for women. Upon leaving the Seminary in 1837 he was licensed and later ordained by the (Lutheran) Franckean Synod and served a Presbyterian Church in Troy, New York. In 1841 he transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal Church where he served as a parish pastor, historiographer, and later, Bishop. With his election as president of Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1863, he became the first African American to lead an institution of higher education in the United States. Payne, one of this seminary's most distinguished alumni, was also a poet, hymn writer, translator, and ecumenist.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 49.866′ N, 77° 14.65′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Seminary Ridge Avenue ¼ mile south of Buford Avenue (U.S. 30), on the left when traveling south. Marker is next to the sidewalk, halfway between Valentine Hall and the Schmucker House on Seminary Ridge Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Third Richmond Howitzers (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Valentine Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Samuel Simon Schmucker House (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Simon Schmucker (within shouting distance of this marker); Life as a Seminary Student (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dance's Battalion - First Virginia Artillery (about 300 feet away); Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door (about 400 feet away); Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (about Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (about 400 feet away); Manor of Maske (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. This marker is Stop 7 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
Also see . . . Daniel Alexander Payne - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 16, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 7. submitted on July 14, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.