Absalom Jones

America's First Black Priest

Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, Illustrated by Christopher M. Taylor

Nov/2021, 64 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640654723

The story of a former slave and America’s first Black Episcopal priest is an inspiring model for living a full life of service and love.

This book, appropriate for children but engaging enough for adults, begins by describing the reality of slavery during Jones’s life. Absalom Jones purchased his wife’s freedom before his own and dedicated himself to living the Christian faith. Through the difficulties and challenges of his time, he answered the call to serve the church and was ordained a priest and deacon to serve the first Black Episcopal Church in the United States.

The first Black priest in the Anglican Communion continues to be one of the most important historical figures in the Episcopal Church. As the church pays attention to its own sins of racism, this book offers encouragement, guidance, hope, and inspiration. Jones’s life is an example of what it means to follow Jesus through faithful, courageous, and selfless living of the way of love. 

The Rev. Mark Bozzutti-Jones, a former Jesuit who is now an Episcopal priest, is an associate rector of St. Bartholomews Church in New York City. He is an award-winning author and has written a children's biography of Barbara Harris, first woman bishop of the Episcopal Church.



CHRISTOPHER M. TAYLOR A.K.A. ALPHACMT is an illustrator currently based in Virginia. With a background in comics, character, and graphic design, he’s pivoted towards commercial, contemporary, and pop-art paintings. His primary themes of inspiration are Afrofuturism, Afrocentric, and multi-cultural iconography, and social activism.


  • African-American
  • race
  • children’s books
  • Civil War
  • American history
  • American saints

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