John Jea

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John Jea (born 1773) was an African-American slave, best known for his 1811 autobiography, The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher.

Biography[edit]

John Jea was born in Africa in 1773 near Calabar in the Bight of Biafra.[1] He was sold into slavery in New York with his family, where they worked for a Dutch couple, Oliver and Angelika Triebuen. After learning to read the Bible, he was freed and eventually embarked on a journey to Boston, New Orleans, South America, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland and England, where he worked as a preacher.

He later published his autobiography along with poems, thus being one of the first African-American poets to have written an autobiography.[2]

His autobiography was only rediscovered in 1983.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher., 1811.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chambers, Douglas B. (2005). Murder at Montpelier, Pg. 185
  2. ^ a b The Signifying Monkey, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Oxford University Press, hardcover, page 158

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