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James Milton Turner
Birth: 1840
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1915
Oklahoma, USA

Slave, educator & ambassador. Born in slavery in St. Louis, Missouri, Turner's father was able to purchase his family's freedom in 1843. James became a butler for Madison Miller, going with him into the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, Miller's brother-in-law Missouri Governor Thomas Fletcher appointed Turner Assistant Superintendent of Schools in charge of establishing schools for freed Blacks throughout Missouri. Turner raised money to establish Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City, Missouri, which was the first high school & teaher training institute for Blacks in Missouri. He was one of the founders & leaders of the Missouri Equal Rights League, the first African American political organization in Missouri. In 1871 President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Turner Ambassador to Liberia (1871-1878), making Turner the first African American diplomat to represent the United States in a foreign country. After returning to St. Louis he worked on the Refugee Relief Board helping thousands of destitute southern Blacks who were migrating to Kansas. In 1881 Turner organized the Freedman's Oklahoma Association & for the next 20 years he battled for the rights of Blacks in Indian Territory. (bio by: Connie Nisinger) 

Cause of death: Railroad tank car explosion
Father Dickson Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.56671, -90.38548
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 25, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 23413
James Milton Turner
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James Milton Turner
Added by: Connie Nisinger
James Milton Turner
Added by: Connie Nisinger
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