Stokely Sturgis Bible

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This much-used bible belonged to Delaware farmer Stokely Sturgis, who converted to the growing Methodist movement through the influence of an enslaved man named Richard Allen. Moved by Methodism’s indictment of slaveholding, Sturgis agreed to sell Allen his freedom. Allen became a preacher and moved to Philadelphia. He founded the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church there in 1794.
Currently not on view
place used
United States: Delaware, Kent
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
average spatial: 6.5 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm; 2 9/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 9 13/16 in
overall, loose pages, group of: 1/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 10 in; .3175 cm x 20.0025 cm x 25.4 cm
overall, book: 2 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in x 10 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 23.495 cm x 27.305 cm
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Credit Line
Caroline L. and Nelson C. Simonson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History