Jacob Stroyer

Jacob Stroyer

Jacob Stroyer (ca. 1846 - ca. 1908) was an African-American former slave, who became preacher in Massachusetts. He is best known for his autobiography, My Life in the South.

He was born on the Kensington Plantation in Eastover, South Carolina in 1846 or 1849. As a youth, he worked as a hostler. After the Civil War, he attended schools in Columbia and Charleston.

Stroyer moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1870. He attended Worcester Academy for two years. He was licensed as an African Methodist Episcopal preacher. In Newport, Massachusetts, he was ordained a deacon. He moved to Salem, Massachusetts to preach.

He first published his autobiography, My Life in the South, in 1879. This was revised in 1898.


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