Henry Turner, Minister and Nationalist February 1 Henry M. Turner *Henry McNeal Turner was born on this date in 1834. He was a black Nationalist, RepatriationsMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2007View Source
Henry Turner, Minister and Nationalist
Henry M. Turner
*Henry McNeal Turner was born on this date in 1834. He was a black color Nationalist, Repatriations advocate, and Minister.
From near Abbeville , South Carolina , born of free parents, McNeal was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1853 and became a Bishop in 1880. In 1863, he became the first black color army chaplain and he was the president of Morris Brown College for twelve years. Turner was a leading advocate of black color repatriations. In 1867, the American Colonization Society elected him as their president and he made several trips abroad on their behalf.
Turner was convinced that blacks had no future in America . Instead he felt that God had brought Blacks to the New World as a means of spreading Christianity and preparing them to redeem Africa . Turner edited and published several papers, including Voice of Missions and Voice of the People, in which he advocated black colonization of Africa . Henry Turner died on May 8th 1915.