Independent Historian

Rachel Gallaher is an undergraduate at the University of Washington majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She also is a part of the English Honors Program. After graduating Rachel plans to earn her Master’s degree in Creative Writing and then join the Teach for America Program and eventually becomes a kindergarten teacher. Rachel loves history, literature and writing and hopes to publish a novel someday.

Reverdy Cassius Ransom (1861-1959)

Reverdy Cassius Ransom was a civil rights leader, editor and the forty-eighth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Ransom was born in Flushing, Ohio to George and Harriet (Johnson) Ransom. In 1869, Ransom’s family moved to Cambridge, Ohio, where he spent several years … Read MoreReverdy Cassius Ransom (1861-1959)

George Alexander McGuire (1866-1934)

George Alexander McGuire was a bishop and founder of the African Orthodox Church, as well as chaplain-general of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). McGuire was born on March 26, 1866 at Sweets, Antigua, in the Caribbean. He was educated in the local school system, … Read MoreGeorge Alexander McGuire (1866-1934)

Solomon Lightfoot “Elder” Michaux (ca. 1885-1968)

Solomon Michaux was a radio evangelist, entrepreneur, and founder of the Church of God Movement; he was also known as the “Happy Am I Preacher.” Michaux was born around 1885 in Buckroe Beach, Virginia into a devout family of Baptists. He grew up in Newport … Read MoreSolomon Lightfoot “Elder” Michaux (ca. 1885-1968)