Thursday, November 29, 2012

On November 29

On this day in ...
... 1752 (260 years ago today), in what then was the British colony of Rhode Island, Jemima Wilkinson was born into a family of Quakers, a religion she too followed. In 1776, during an outbreak of disease, Wilkinson lay feverish and near death – upon recovery she claimed she was a divinely sent preacher.  She eschewed her birth name for the moniker of "Publick Universal Friend," and pursued a career as "a charismatic American evangelist who preached total sexual abstinence and the Ten Commandments to her Quaker 'Society of Universal Friends.'" Thus she became "first American-born woman to found a religious movement." (image credit) Rejected by her community, she and her followers moved to a part of New York never before settled by persons of European ancestry. There she remained until her death in 1819.

(Prior November 29 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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