Historically Black College
JOHN M. BROWN. AMONG the fine-looking men that have been out by the A. M. E. Church, to preach the go«pol. none has a more manly frame, intellectual countenance, gentlemanly demeanor, Christian spirit, and love of his race, than John M. Brown. When the Committee on Boundary in the A. M. E. Church recommended in the General Conference of 1864, "that there be set apart a Conference in the State of Louisiana, to be. known as the Louisiana Conference, embracing tho States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, and all that part of Florida lying west of Chattanooga Kiver," Mr. Brown was selected as the man eminently fitted to go to the new field of labor. Money was evidently not a burden to him, for, being a barber, he got on a steamer, and shaved his way to his post of labor.
He arrived in New Orleans, unfurled his banner, and went to work in a way that showed that be was "terribly in earnest." He sowed the seed, and, although he was thrown into the calaboose, his work still went on, a church was erected, members wore gathered in, and the cause of Christian missions prospered. After laboring faithfully in this field, Mr. Brown was appointed Corresponding Secretary of the A. M. E. Church, with his headquarter in Baltimore, lie now holds the high and honorable position of bishop, a place that no one is better qualified to fill than he.
He is a mulatto, of middle age, with talents of a high order, fluent speaker, terse writer, and popular with all classes. Oberlin College has not turned out a more praiseworthy scholar, nor a better specimen Christian gentleman, than Bishop Brown.