Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hillingdon's First Black Public Speaker 1890

Hillingdon's First Black Public Speaker 1890

I believe that the African preacher described in the 1890 news item below was the first Black speaker in Hillingdon. A Coloured Peacher

A native of Africa will preach at the Uxbridge Wesleyan Chapel Sunday 29th March 1890 and at Iver, Buckinghamshire Mission hall in the afternoon and evening.


Their was no name associated with this news item. Above is a picture of the famous Nigerian Methodist preacher Thomas Birch Freeman ( 1809-1890) born in Twyford to an african free slave and English mother

After an education in England he became involved in the Methodist MovementHe had been ordained in Islington Chapel, London, on October 10, 1837

Freeman was sent to the Gold Coast as a Minister in 1838, Freeman built the first Methodist Church at Cape Coast, opened on June 10, 1838

In 1850 The British Governor Winniett took Freeman to Accra as his honorary secretary when he took possession of the Danish settlements on the Gold Coast which the British government had bought. The two men entered the Danish settlement of Christiansborg together and received the keys of Christiansborg Castle from the Danish authorities.

Freeman also set up an Agricultural Society in the Gold Coast (now Nigeria)

Chaplin of Brunel University, Reverend Theo Samuel in the 1970s/80's - Black Socialist Preacher and active in the Association of Black Clergy