Black and white copy print of a drawing of Bishop Hood.
James Walker Hood (1831-1918) was sent as a church Elder to do mission fieldwork in North Carolina. He was Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1868 to 1870, and he co-founded Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC in 1882. He was responsible for the establishment of African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) churches in New Bern, Wilmington, Beaufort, Fayetteville, and Charlotte. In 1865 he traveled to Wilmington to recieve churches into the Zion organization. The first A.M.E. Zion church in Wilmington was St. Luke's, on the corner of Seventh and Church Street. Bishop Hood presided over the 48th North Carolina Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church in 1911, which was held at St. Luke's. By the time of his death in 1918, Bishop Hood was considered the elder statesman and senior Bishop of the Church. He died in Fayetteville, but was said to visit Wilmington frequently.
Hood, James Walker, 1831-1918; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Reaves, Bill. Strength Through Struggle. Wilmington: New Hanover County Public Library, 1998.
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