Independent Historian

Rachel Gallaher is an award-winning writer and editor living in Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared in international publications, including DwellCity ArtsSeattleSeattle Homes & LifestylesKinfolkSurface, the Seattle Times, Alaska Airlines’ BeyondUniversity of Washington magazine, and the award-winning GRAY (where she currently serves as the deputy editor).

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)