Born in Cape May.

On this day in 1783, Jarena Lee, the daughter of former slaves, was born in Cape May, New Jersey. Lee is considered the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She published her autobiography, “The Life and Religious Experiences, of Jarena Lee, a Coloured Lady, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel” in 1836.

Ada Bennett Hand of Cape May, New Jersey, machine pieced and tied or tufted this LeMoyne Star quilt around 1935. Hand’s grandchild now owns the quilt and documented it in 1989 as part of the Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Inc.

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