A mile and a half northwest, Lott Cary was born in slavery about 1780. In 1804 his owner, John Bowry, a Methodist minister, hired him out to a Richmond tobacco firm. Cary joined the First Baptist Church in 1807. He purchased his freedom and became a Baptist minister in 1813, then founded the African Missionary Society in 1815. Cary sailed for Africa in 1821 as the continent's first African-American missionary. He established Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia, and several schools. As a political and military leader, Cary helped Liberia survive as a colony of free American blacks. He died there in November 1828.
Geographic Location: Charles City County
Physical Description of Location: Providence Forge, VA 23140. Located on Courthouse Road (Rt. 155), less than 1/5 of a mile north of the junction of Courthouse Road (Rt. 155) and State Route 602. Marker is on the left when traveling north on Courthouse Road (Rt. 155).
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