: Portrait drawing of Benjamin Tucker Tanner (1835-1923), known as a pastor, author, bishop and educator.
Tanner (1835-1923) had a long career in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as a minister, school principal, bishop, and editor of the Christian Recorder and A.M.E. Church Review. In 1867, he published "An Apology for African Methodism," which traces the history of the denomination and defends both its split from the Methodist Church and its theology.
In 1901, he became dean of Payne Theological Seminary at Wilberforce University. Wilberforce was established in 1856 in Greene County under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named for William Wilberforce (1759-1833), an English abolitionist. The African Methodist Episcopal Church purchased the university in 1863, making it the first to be owned and run by African Americans. Payne Theological Seminary was named for Daniel A. Payne, who in 1863 became first African American president of Wilberforce University. View on Ohio Memory.
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: African American Ohioans; Religion in Ohio; Universities and colleges; Education; Wilberforce University; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Places
: Wilberforce (Ohio); Greene County (Ohio)