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Joseph Fletcher Jordan.  UUA Archives.

Joseph Fletcher Jordan (1863-1929) was the third African-American to be ordained by the Universalist Church of America, beginning his ministry in 1904. In addition to managing his Suffolk, VA, congregation, Joseph Fletcher Jordan operated a school for black children, who were then excluded from public education. Under his guidance, the school’s attendance increased from eleven to three hundred students a year. He also published a monthly paper called “The Colored Universalist.”

“I’ll trust in the Lord and do the best I can.”
—Jordan

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