This Month in New Bern, October 2016

On October 30, 1918, James Walker Hood died.  Hood was a missionary in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and was sent in 1863 to North Carolina where he served black congregations in New Bern and Beaufort.  He established a North Carolina Conference of the AME Zion Church in 1864.  He became a church bishop in 1872. In addition to his role in the church, Hood also sought to become involved in politics as a vocal and successful advocate for the rights of blacks. 

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Courtesy of This Day in North Carolina History

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