ALLEN, Richard. b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 February 1760; d. Philadelphia, 26 March 1831. Allen was born a slave, owned first by Benjamin Chew (1722-1810; Philadelphia) and subsequently by Stokely Sturgis (nda; near Dover, Delaware). It was in Delaware that Allen first heard Methodist preaching. Allen and his brothers were able to buy their freedom from Sturgis through their work, and by 1780 Allen was a free man. He began serving as an exhorter and preacher for the early Methodists and was present at the 1784 Christmas Conference, the organizing meeting of American Methodism. He and Absalom Jones founded The Free African Society in 1787 after they were asked to move from their seats...
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