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Born into slavery in 1760, Richard Allen bought his freedom at age 17 and went on to found the first national black church in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1816.
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Allen died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 26, 1831.
In 2008, Richard Newman published a biography of Richard Allen, Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church and the Black Founding Fathers, in which he suggested that Allen should be referred to as the "black founding father."
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