Lott Cary Birthplace
Posted by: archway
N 37° 21.834 W 077° 04.476
18S E 316282 N 4137261
Quick Description: Virginia highway marker V-27.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2010 6:53:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM94JT
"A mile and a half northwest, Lott Cary was born in slavery about 1780. In 1804 his owner, John Bowry, a Methodist minister, hired him out to a Richmond tobacco firm. Cary joined the First Baptist Church in 1807. He purchased his freedom and became a Baptist minister in 1813, then founded the African Missionary Society in 1815. Cary sailed for Africa in 1821 as the continent's first African-American missionary. He established Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia, and several schools. As a political and military leader, Cary helped Liberia survive as a colony of free American blacks. He died there in November 1828."
Marker Number: V-27
Marker Title: Lott Cary Birthplace
Marker Location: VA-155
County or Independent City: Charles City County
Web Site: [Web Link]
Marker Program Sponsor: Not listed