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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRICAN AMERICAN " LENA DOOLIN MASON " WAS AN AMERICAN METHODIST PREACHER AND POET - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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L Lena Doolin Mason
Lena Doolin Mason
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Born 1864
Quincy, Illinois
Died 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education Douglass High School
Occupation ministry
Years active 1887-1924
Known for Colored Conference
Lena Doolin Mason (May 6, 1864 – August 28, 1924) was an American Methodist preacher and poet.

Biography
Lena Doolin was born on May 6, 1864 in Quincy, Illinois to Von Phul and Cerilda Doolin.[1] She joined the congregation of Hannibal, Missouri's African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1872.[2] She attended Douglass High School in Hannibal and Professor Knott's School in Chicago. In 1883, she married George Mason. Their daughter was the only one of their six children to survive to adulthood. When she was 23, Mason entered the ministry, preaching exclusively to white people for her first three years.

Mason was a noted orator. During her career, she was a member of the Colored Conference and preached in "nearly every state in the Union."[2]

White man, stop lynching and burning
This black race trying to thin it
For if you go to heaven or hell
You will find some Negroes in it.
Lena Doolin Mason[3]
Mason also wrote songs and composed poetry. Only two of her poems are extant, "A Negro in It," written in response to the Assassination of William McKinley, and "The Negro in Education." For the latter poem, she subverted the standard pro-slavery argument that education makes people unfit to be slaves.[3]