Stokely Sturgis Bible

Stokely Sturgis Bible

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
DELETE
United States: Delaware, Kent
place owned; place used
United States: Delaware, Kent
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1989.0296.01
catalog number
1989.0296.01
accession number
1989.0296
Credit Line
Caroline L. and Nelson C. Simonson
subject
African American History
Bible
Christianity
Methodism
Slavery
Delaware
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Religion
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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