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John Gloucester - 1776-1822 - 1C-84 - Tusculum, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 10.499 W 082° 45.640
17S E 341658 N 4004793
Quick Description: John Gloucester was the first African-American student at Greeneville College and first African-American Presbyterian clergyman ordained in the United States.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 6:25:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMBGTG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
Views: 3

Long Description:
Unveiled on Feb 16, 2002 ( per the Tusculum College magazine ), the marker documents the college's link to the first African-American student at Greeneville College and first African-American Presbyterian clergyman ordained in the United States.

Marker Text:
John Gloucester - 1776-1822
Gideon Blackburn, a Presbyterian minister, purchased and sought to free a slave named Jack. Through Blackburn's tenacity and by action of the Blount County Court, he received his freedom and the name John Gloucester in 1807. Educated at Greeneville (Tusculum) College, Gloucester became a Presbyterian missionary in 1809. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Philadephia physician and Gloucester's friend, assisted in freeing his wife and children. The first African-American ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Gloucester became a respected pastor and teacher in Philadephia. His four sons became Presbyterian ministers.

Marker Name: John Gloucester - 1776-1822

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Person

Marker Number: 1C-84

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Tennessee Historical Commission


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