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Adams, Henry

(born: 1802  -  died: 1873) 

Henry Adams was a Baptist leader in Louisville, KY, where he established the first African American Church. He also set up a school for African American children; the school survived while other schools established for African Americans by white ministers were being destroyed. Rev. Adams was born in Georgia according to the 1870 U.S. Census. He was the father of John Quincy "J. Q." Adams and Cyrus F. Adams. For more see Life Behind a Veil, by G. C. Wright; "Rev. Henry Adams" on pp.196-197 in Golden Jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky; and A History of Blacks in Kentucky from Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891, by M. B. Lucas.


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NKAA Entry: Adams, John Quincy "J.Q."
NKAA Source: Life behind a veil : Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930
NKAA Source: Golden Jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky: the story of 50 years' work from 1865-1915 including many photos and sketches, compiled from unpublished manuscripts and other sources
NKAA Source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: from slavery to segregation, 1760-1891

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