Daniel Coker

Author from United States of America

Daniel Coker (1780–1846), born Isaac Wright, was an African American and the first Methodist missionary to the British colony of Sierra Leone. Coker is one of the founding organizers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as the founder of the West Africa Methodist Church. Daniel Coker was born a slave in 1780 in Baltimore, Maryland, to a white Indentured servant mother and a black slave father in Baltimore. Coker's received a primary school education because his white half brother refused to go to school without him. In 1802, Francis Asbury ordained Daniel Coker to be a deacon in the Methodist Episcopal church. He actively opposed slavery. In 1810, he published Dialogue between a Virginian and an African minister. Early in 1820, Daniel Coker sailed for Africa on board the Elizabeth. He was part of 86 emigrants assisted by the American Colonization Society (ACS). This voyage of the Elizabeth marks the beginning of what is now Liberia. Coker is one of the first African American missionaries to go to Africa. While in transit, ten days after the ship left New York, he organized the first foreign branch of the AME Church. The ACS planned to settle a colony at Sherbro.  ( Wikipedia article )


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