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Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., was born on May 5, 1865

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5/5/1865: Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. was an African American pastor who developed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem was born on this day. He was a community activist, author, and the father of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Born into poverty in southwestern Virginia, Powell worked to put himself through school and Wayland Seminary, where he was ordained in 1892.

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