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Jarena Lee,1849. Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee: giving an account of her call to preach the gospel, frontispiece. Engraving. New-York Historical Society Library, CT.L4784 A3 1849.
A free black woman, born in New Jersey, Lee fought for and won the right to preach during the Second Great Awakening. She became the first African American woman preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.