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Portrait of Morris Brown

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This portrait of Reverend Morris Brown was included in James A. Handy's Scraps of African Methodist Episcopal History, printed in Philadelphia sometime in the 19th century, and reprinted in 1901.

Brown was pastor of a black church in Charleston, part of the independent African Methodist Association of Charleston, and he served as an advisor to the Denmark Vesey conspirators. Although several witnesses implicated Brown, he was out of Charleston "on church business," when the insurrection took place, and was thus able to conceal his involvement long enough to escape to Philadelphia. He was later baptized by Richard Allen as the second Bishop of the AME Church.

Image Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

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The Vesey Conspiracy
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