From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Magee, Lazarus and Susan and their son Rev. James H. Magee

The Magees were born in Kentucky; Lazarus (d. 1870) was free, and Susan (d. 1868) was a slave belonging to Billy Smith of Louisville, KY. Lazarus purchased Susan and her two children, and the family moved to Madison County, IL. The couple had many more children, who were sent to Racine, WI, to be educated.

One of the children was Reverend James H. Magee (1839-1912), who was president of the Colored Local Historical Society in Springfield, IL, and who formed the Black Man's Burden Association in Chicago. J. H. Magee had attended Pastors College [now Spurgeon's College] in London, England, from 1867-1868. He was an ordained minister, a school teacher, and an outspoken advocate for African American voting rights and education. He has been referred to as a leader of the African American people in Springfield.

For more see B. Cavanagh, "history talk 04-28-05" an Illinois Times web page that has been removed; and The Night of Affliction and the Morning of Recovery, by Rev. J. H. Magee.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Illinois times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Night of affliction and morning of recovery; an autobiography

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“Magee, Lazarus and Susan and their son Rev. James H. Magee,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 14, 2021,

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