Alonzo Barry – A Biographical Timeline


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(still incomplete)

Born a slave

1887, GCC moves Barry from Kentucky to work in Michigan.

1889, works at specific assignments as a General Conference worker.

1889, Barry establishes church in Louisville, Ky. The second African-American Church in Adventist history.

1890, Louisville church formally organized, February 16, 1890 by R. M. Kilgore.

1891, GCC moves him to Lexington, Kentucky

1893, General Conference Session plans for his ordination. The GCC ask Elder Kilgore to arrange it.

1894, Barry is listed among the ordained ministers in the Yearbook.

1896, Another vote made to ordain Pastor Barry.

1898, March 31, General Conference Committee votes to drop Barry from the payroll and advises him to seek some other line of work.

1901, January 16, Ellen White advises that Alonzo Barry be reinstated. He is on April 29, 1901. Details of the report.

1901, January, Barry reported to have arrived in Nashville from Cincinnati, Ohio to work for the Southern Missionary Society.

1901, April 28, the GCC votes his pay to be $9.00 per week.

1902, Reports on the first Mississippi camp-meeting for African Americans (1901).

1911, Working in North Nashville.

1911, Officiates at a baptism at Hillcrest school.

1913, Randall Johnson Reports Elder Barry in charge of the work for African Americans in Nashville.

Applied for Sustentation at 72 years of age.

1914, January Gospel Herald reports Barry giving the opening address at a Nashville convention.

Died February 19, 1914 in Tennessee.

(more to be added)

Further Reading

Fighting for Justice, by R. Stephen Norman III, Southern Union Worker, February, 2006


Barry’s Lexington congregation had two rather famous members: Mary Britton, M.D. and Alexander Chiles, lawyer. Both were first in their fields of expertise and were also social activists.


The North American Negro Department, by F. L. Peterson, Review and Herald, December 29, 1938, page 53.


This 75th Anniversary Edition of the Review and Herald contains a brief, yet comprehensive, history of the Southern Work among African Americans.


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