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BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Henry Clark – African-American



(ca. 1840 – aft. 1896)

Lee County, Alabama

Rev. Henry Clark, of Opelika, son of David and Patience Clark, both of Virginia birth, is one of the fathers of the work in Lee County.

Brother Clark was baptized at Auburn, Ala., by Rev. H. C. Toliver, of Tuskegee, in 1860. He was set apart to the work of the gospel ministry June 27, 1868, by Revs. W. E. Lloyd, D. D., and Thomas Glenn, since which time he has been busy going about and doing good.

He has been a harmless, industrious, pioneer preacher, laying foundations upon which others have builded. (sic) He is a tried and faithful friend of missions and education. The writer has always felt that his every pledge was worth every cent it promised. Notwithstanding he has had no educational advantages, still he has, by study of books and by association with men of letters, obtained no inconsiderable store of knowledge.

The churches of Lee County and the Alabama Association owe much to the faithful, efficient labors of Brother Clark. His loving heart ever adorns his face with the smiles of peace and good will. Truly, he is a harmless man, ever ready to do a brotherly deed.


Excerpt from The Cyclopedia of the Colored Baptists of Alabama – Their Leaders and Their Work copyright 1896

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