thought to be fitted for the work, were set apart and
ordained to the ministry with the authority to marry,
the Freedman's Bureau granting them the proper
license to perform the ceremony. I might here
mention a few of the many who were at that time
set apart for the work. Rev. Richard Wells, who
succeeded me as pastor of the Ebenezer, and is still
pastor at this writing; Rev. Fields Cook, Rev.
Scott Goffney, Rev. John Jasper, who has attracted
the attention of the world with his idea that the sun
moves round the earth; Rev. W Robinson, Rev.
John White, Rev. Ned Jentry, Rev. Jordan Smith,
These men have had good records, and accom¬
plished much for their race.
I must say that my work at the Ebenezer was one
of joy as well as difficulty. It was my pleasure to
receive many into the church by baptism, and dur¬
ing my four and one half years' pastorate to see the
membership increase from six hundred, to fourteen
During my stay with the church I had several of
my white friends from Boston, Mass., to visit
me, and see the nature of the work I was doing.
It may not be out of the way here for me to men¬
tion a few names in this connection. The first
is that of Mr. John Lovett, of the firm of James
Lovett & Company. Mr. Lovett was much
impressed with the congregation; he had never
looked upon such an assembly as he faced in my