Jermain Wesley Loguen

Jermain Wesley Loguen (c. 1810-72), son of a slave mother and his Tennessee owner, escaped to freedom in Canada in 1835. After working as a farm laborer and a hotel porter, he attended the Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York. Loguen taught school in several New York communities and then became a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. After congressional enactment of a more stringent fugitive slave law in 1850, Loguen moved to Syracuse where proximity to the Canadian border provided him comparative safety. In 1851, when indicted for his part in the rescue of Jerry McHenry from slave catchers, Loguen briefly fled to Canada. He later supported Gerrit Smith’s Radical Abolition party and aided John Brown to recruit men for the Harpers Ferry raid. After the Civil War Loguen was elected a bishop of his denomination and championed missionary work among the freedmen. New York Daily Tribune, 1 October 1872; San Francisco Elevator, 5 October 1872; Benjamin Quarles, Allies for Freedom: Blacks and John Brown (New York, 1974), 39-44, 65-66, 73-75; idem, Black Abolitionists, 66-67, 154, 188; DAB, 11:368-69.

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