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The Free African Society, founded in 1787, was a benevolent organization that held religious services and provided mutual aid for “free Africans and their descendants” in Philadelphia. The Society was founded by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. It was the first Black religious institution in the city and led to the establishment of the first independent Black churches in the United States.
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  • Background 

  • Early years: 1787 to 1792 

  • Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 

  • 1794 to early 1800s