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"We meet no ordinary people in our lives"  -  C.S. Lewis

PROJECT GOWAN PAMPHLET

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Historians pose the question - Who Was Gowan Pamphlet?

  • First negro preacher accepted into Virginia's Dover Baptist Association

  • First Virginia slave to constitute a church while excommunicated

  • First slave preacher tied to a slave revolt who wasn't executed

  • First black preacher to own real estate in James City County & Williamsburg

  • First ordained slave Baptist preacher

  • Organized Virginia's First independent African-American church

  • Founder of the First Baptist church in Williamsburg, Virginia


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Gowan's Baptist Church 2013

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jan couperthwaite Project Gowan Pamphlet historical researcher Historian, Williamsburg Virginia historian

I'm Jan Couperthwaite and I'm a historical researcher and the foremost authority on Gowan Pamphlet, the slave preacher who pulled together a congregation in Williamsburg, Virginia while still an enslaved man owned by tavernkeeper Jane Vobe and her son David Miller. For more than seven years I have been digging for facts about this elusive African-American ordained slave Baptist preacher who left no record of his work except a congregation "Historic First Baptist Church" of Williamsburg, Va that still exists in the 21st-Century!

I've unlocked the secrets surrounding Gowan Pamphlet and I want to share what I've discovered. Please explore Project Gowan Pamphlet. Discover how Gowan Pamphlet was tied to the notorious slave rebellion known as "SecretKeeper." Meet the people who made up his life. Some were friends...Some were enemies...And sometimes friends became enemies.



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