Turner's Travels

Bishop Turner was an intrepid traveler. As an itinerant AME preacher, he moved from church to church, and, as a bishop, he travelled to inspect various AME schools. He also traveled overseas to plant churches and establish church conferences. He attended a great number of church and secular conferences. The archives provide rich and detailed records of his mobility. The women featured in this exhibit who were connected to Turner were far less mobile. Though some nineteenth-century African American preaching women travelled all over the country and even internationally, most women were not so fortunate. The visualization below provides a stark comparison between the movements of Bishop Turner’s travels as opposed to the women's relative immobility. Men like Turner were able to create opportunities for expression and connection while most women, facing familial responsibilities and gendered limitations, did not.

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Credits: Edited by Simone Austin


References

  1. James T. Campbell. Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa. (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995), 80.
  2. Campbell, Songs of Zion, 168.
  3. Stephen Ward Angell. Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and African-American Religion in the South.(Knoxville: U of Tenessee P), 215.