1811–1893

Introduction

Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 24, 1811, Charles­ton, South Ca­ro­li­na.

Died: No­vem­ber 2, 1893.

Buried: Lau­rel Ce­me­te­ry (de­funct), Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land.

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Biography

In 1852, Payne be­came the sixth bi­shop of the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal (AME) de­no­mi­na­tion.

In 1856, he joined the found­ing board of di­rect­ors of Wil­ber­force Un­i­ver­si­ty in Ohio, the first his­tor­i­cal­ly black col­lege in which Af­ri­can Am­er­i­cans were part of the found­ing. Af­ter the start of the Am­er­i­can ci­vil war, Payne be­came its pre­si­dent, the first Af­ri­can-Am­er­i­can col­lege pre­si­dent in the Unit­ed States.

After the war, Payne was in­stru­ment­al in or­gan­iz­ing and ex­pand­ing the AME church. With­in two de­cades, the church had grown to a quar­ter mil­lion mem­bers.

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