Absalom Jones ordained a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church, First Negro in the United States to be ordained, in any denomination [of] the ministry. Like Richard Allen, Jones was a leader of the colored people of Philadelphia. He had been a slave and purchased his freedom. He was a member of St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church, and withdrew with Richard Allen and jointly with him founded the Free African Society and the Independent African Church. He was the first Negro to be ordained to the ministry of the Episcopal Church.
SOURCE: Monroe N. Work, Negro Year Book: An Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro 1921-1922, p. 199