Sam Sharpe Biography

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Biography Part 1 - Early years and preaching

Sam Sharpe was born in 1801 in Montego Bay, St James Parish, Jamaica. He was born a house slave to an English lawyer.

Sharpe's owner permitted him to become educated and well read. Sharpe's literacy, education and eloquence led to him being well respected in the slave community and he soon became a leader or "Daddy" in the Baptist Church. At the start of the 19th Century the Church was the only permitted place for slaves to conduct organised meetings.

In his role of "Daddy", Sam Sharpe travelled around St James' Parish spreading the word of god. Sharpe concluded that the concept of slavery was not permitted under the bible and is quoted as saying "In reading my bible, I found that the white man had no more right to make a slave of me than I have to make a slave of the white man". He also points out that the line "No man can serve two masters" implies that it is forbidden for a man to serve god and a white master.

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