Jarena A. Lee

Jarena A. Lee

Birth
Cape May, Cape May County, New Jersey, USA
Death 1855 (aged 71–72)
New Jersey, USA
Burial Lawnside, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 10810677 · View Source
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Minister, Author. The first African-American minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the first African-American woman to write an extended account of her own life: "The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee" (1836), which she later updated as "Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee" (1849). Born to a free black family in New Jersey, she converted to the AME Church and began preaching in 1820. Her faith inspired her to venture beyond her home church and preach throughout the northeast US, Canada, and even in slave states. Lee's autobiography offers a unique perspective of her era.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


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  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 18 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10810677
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jarena A. Lee (11 Feb 1783–1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10810677, citing Mount Pisgah AME Church Cemetery, Lawnside, Camden County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .