George Freeman Bragg, author and Episcopal minister, is shown in profile in this photograph published in his book The First Negro Priest on Southern Soil (1909). That book narrated the story of William Levington, an African American missionary from the North who came to Baltimore in 1824. Bragg wrote that Levington, a free black, "dared to cross over into slave-holding territory, and … in the midst of the auction block and slave pen, open a free school for Negro children, and establish St. James' First African Church for the benefit of both slave and free persons of color." In 1891 Bragg took charge of the church and served as pastor for many years.
Citation: The First Negro Priest on Southern Soil, BX5967 .B8 1909, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.