Elder Peter Lowery becomes the South’s first Black American pastor.
1849 (Mar 1)
Elder Peter Lowery became pastor of a Black church in Nashville, Tennessee, making him probably the first Black American pastor of a church in Tennessee. Lowery, who was born enslaved, had managed to purchase his freedom and that of other members of his family, including his mother, brothers, and sisters, over a period of more than forty years. In his endeavor, he was substantially aided by his wife, Ruth, a free woman of color.