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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."

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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