Richard Allen, Apostle of Freedom.
Richard Allen, Apostle of Freedom.

Richard Allen, Apostle of Freedom.


Biography of Richard Allen (1760–1831), former enslaved African American, preacher, hymn book publisher, and founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church (A.M.E.).

The biography was written by African American historian and long-time Howard University professor Charles H. Wesley (1891–1987), himself an A.M.E. minister and presiding elder of the church in the District of Columbia and part of Maryland.

Wesley was “...only the fourth African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, following in the footsteps of W. E. B. Du Bois (1895), Carter G. Woodson (1912), and Alain Leroy Locke (1918).” (ANB) He was affiliated with Woodson’s Association for the Study of Negro (now Afro-American) Life and History whose publishing arm—Associated Publishers—first published Wesley’s biography of Richard Allen in 1935.

Chapter headings in the biography include “The Free African Society,” “The Organization of African Methodism,” “The First Interstate Negro Organizer,” and “The Heritage of Allen.” With appendix of primary source texts plus a bibliography.


Description: Richard Allen, Apostle of Freedom.

Washington, D.C.: The Associated Publishers, Inc. [1935], 1969. Second Edition. xii, [4], 303pp. 7¾ x 5¼ inches. Publisher’s red cloth; no dust jacket (as issued?). Facsimile reprint with preface to second edition; two half tone illustrations. Near fine.

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Price: $50.00