John Gloucester

John Gloucester (HM1BI2)

Location: Tusculum, TN 37745 Greene County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 10.5', W 82° 45.648'

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Gideon Blackburn, a Presbyterian minister, purchased and sought to free a slave named Jack. Through Blackburn's tenacity and by action of the Blount County Court, he received his freedom and the name John Gloucester in 1807. Educated at Greenville (Tusculum) College, Gloucester became a Presbyterian missionary in 1809. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician and Gloucester's friend, assisted in freeing his wife and children. The first African American ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Gloucester became a respected pastor and teacher in Philadelphia. His four sons became Presbyterian ministers.
HM NumberHM1BI2
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 9:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 341647 N 4004795
Decimal Degrees36.17500000, -82.76080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 10.5', W 82° 45.648'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 10' 30.00" N, 82° 45' 38.88" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 895 Erwin Hwy, Tusculum TN 37745, US
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