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Adam Clayton POWELL

American Adam Clayton POWELL

American politician and pastor

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died: on April 04, 1972 in Miami, Florida, USA


Powell was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the second child and only son of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Mattie Buster Shaffer, both born poor in Virginia and West Virginia, respectively. His sister Blanche was 10 years older. His parents were of mixed race with African and European ancestry (and, according to his father, American Indian on his mother's side), classified as mulatto in 19th-century censuses. By 1908, Powell Sr. had served as a pastor in Philadelphia and was the lead pastor at a Baptist church in New Haven.

Powell Sr. became a prominent Baptist minister. He worked his way out of poverty and through Wayland Seminary, a historically black college, and postgraduate study at Yale University and Virginia Seminary. In 1908, he was called as the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City for decades, which he expanded during the years of the Great Migration to a membership of 10,000.

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