Thursday, February 23, 2006

Black History Month: Rev. Elisha W. Green

 
Portrait of Elisha W. Green from his autobiography 
Elisha Winfield Green fought for human rights and equality throughout his life, eventually buying his freedom in the 1840’s. Green founded Bethel Baptist Church in 1845. In his biography, Green wrote, “I believe that the stain of slavery and its degrading impressions will long linger in the minds of generations yet unborn.”

According to the subtitle of his biography, Rev. Elisha W. Green was one of the Founders of the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute, now the State University at Louisville. He was also the moderator of the Mt. Zion Baptist Association for eleven years and spent five years as moderator Consolidated Baptist Educational Association. For over thirty years he was Pastor of the Colored Baptist Churches of Maysville and Paris.

His autobiography was published in 1888 by The Republican Printing Office in Maysville Kentucky. The full text of that autobiography is available online here.

posted at 12:49 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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