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Daniel Coker -- Bi-racial / Mixed-Race Historical Figure

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    Daniel Coker --- ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE AME CHURCH [Illustration] (Click on Coker s picture) Daniel Coker, born in
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      Daniel Coker --- ONE OF THE
      FOUNDERS OF THE AME CHURCH

      Illustration 
      (Click on Coker's picture)

       

      "Daniel Coker, born in Maryland was the
      bi-racial son of a white, English indentured
      servant mother, and a Negro slave
      father owned by the same master. 

      Coker, who had learned to read and
      write as a result of taking his master's
      young son to school daily, finally
      escaped and ran away to New York City . 

      Under the influence of James Varick
      and the Methodist Episcopals, he was
      ordained a deacon by Bishop Asbury. 

      Upon returning to Baltimore , he worked
      under an assumed name as a teacher in
      the school operated by Bethel Church . 

      Baltimore 's Bethel had been established
      at about the same time as the Philadelphia
      church, and there was a degree of
       rivalry as to which was the oldest. 

      Coker's freedom was finally purchased
      from his congregation, leading the
      delegation of six members to the
      historic meeting in Philadelphia .

      On April 7, 1816, when the first general
      convention of the new denomination was
      opened in Philadelphia , the New Yorkers
      under Varick had voted not to attend. 

      Two days later, on April 9, Coker from
      Baltimore was elected bishop.  Richard
      Allen, the host minister, was absent
      from the election and cast no ballot. 

      The following day, Coker either resigned
      or declined to accept the office. 

      Like Coker, Richard Allen was also of
      Mixed parentage and he served in the
      post until his death on March 26, 1831.


      Daniel Coker returned to Baltimore, and
      although he attended the 1818 convention,
      he no longer played an active role
      in the leadership of the church. 

      In February, 1820, in the employ of
      the American Colonization Society,
      he went as a missionary with the
      first group of emigres to Liberia ."---

      (excerpt from: "
      Black Society"
      by
      Gerri Major Johnson Pub. pages 12-13)

         
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