Minister and abolitionist Nathaniel Paul establishes the first church and school for Blacks in Albany, NY.
The Albany African Church Association was organized with the help of Nathaniel Paul, who, in 1822, became the first pastor of the African Baptist Church, the only Black church in Albany at the time. The Wilberforce School, the only school for Black youths in Albany at the time, was also formed by Paul and met in his church. In 1831 Paul went to England to seek financial backing for a college-level manual labor school for Blacks. He became involved with British abolitionists and decided to remain there to be a part of the worldwide abolitionist societies that were beginning to form there.