(17601831). B. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; slave near Dover, Delaware; allowed to buy freedom 1777 by his master, who was converted as a result of services he allowed Allen to conduct in his (the master's) house; became Meth. 1777; moved to Philadelphia in the 1780s; licensed to preach 1784 by St. George's Meth. Ch., Philadelphia; organized Free African Soc. (a self-help and mutual-aid organization) April 1787; withdrew with other Negroes from St. George's Ch. rather than submit to forced segregation November 1787; ordained deacon by F. Asbury* 1799; helped found African* M. E. Ch. 1816 and was its bp. 181631.
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