Harry Lowe

( d. 1908). Probably the first Black American Seventh-day Adventist minister. He was born a slave, but by the time E. B. Lane came to preach SDA doctrines in Tennessee in 1871 ( see South Central Conference ), he had become a Baptist minister. He accepted the SDA faith and began to work for Black converts in his section of the state. The Tennessee Conference granted him a ministerial license in 1881. In 1883 he became the leader of a Black Seventh-day Adventist company formed at Edgefield Junction, Tennessee, which was organized as a church in 1886, the first Black Seventh-day Adventist church. In 1884 and 1888 the Yearbook lists him as a licentiate, but in 1886 and 1889 as a regular minister, although there is no record of his ordination in the SDA Church.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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