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Early Black Adventists

Compiled by Benjamin Baker

This page features images of the earliest known black adherents to Millerism, Sabbatarian Adventism, and Seventh-day Adventism. Please contact us here about contributions to this page. 

Black Millerites (c. 1835-1870)

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth

Truth lived with Millerite groups and attended and spoke at Millerite campmeetings. In her 1850 autobiography, she includes an extensive section titled "The Second Advent Doctrines."

William Ellis Foy
William Ellis Foy

Foy (1818-1893) was a Millerite minister renowned for his four visions in 1842-1844. -Photo is of William Foy's son, Orrin/Oren Foy. Courtesy of Michael W. Campbell.

Henrietta and Elias Platt
Henrietta and Elias Platt

The Platts believed in the Millerite doctrine and later became Seventh-day Adventists in 1851. Pictured is William K. Platt, son of Henrietta and Elias Platt

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth

Truth lived with Millerite groups and attended and spoke at Millerite campmeetings. In her 1850 autobiography, she includes an extensive section titled "The Second Advent Doctrines."

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Black Seventh-day Adventists (c. 1845-1865)

James Henry "Prince" Minisee (1823-1913)
James Henry "Prince" Minisee (1823-1913)

Prince Minisee and wife Marie/Maria and their family of nine children joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church around 1863. They resided in Gaines Township, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Library

George Henry Minisee (1855-1911)
George Henry Minisee (1855-1911)

Minisee was the son of Prince and Marie Minisee. He became a Seventh-day Adventist with his family around 1863, and remained one throughout his life. Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Library

Eugene Delos Hardy (1847-1916)
Eugene Delos Hardy (1847-1916)

Son of William and Eliza Hardy, Eugene Hardy converted to Adventism with his family in the summer of 1857.

James Henry "Prince" Minisee (1823-1913)
James Henry "Prince" Minisee (1823-1913)

Prince Minisee and wife Marie/Maria and their family of nine children joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church around 1863. They resided in Gaines Township, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Library

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