Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC town where Harry Hoosier (aka Hosier) was born in 1750
The church in Fayetteville, NC named after Harry is located next to Fort Bragg and hosts a weekly food pantry
Church secretary's office in Fayetteville, NC with portrait of Harry Hoosier
Inside the Fayetteville, NC church
Former Harry Hoosier Hall located at a church camp in Waveland, MS was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005
Speaking in Elementary School Gymnasium during Black History Month 2017
Hoosier Memorial UMC in Atlanta, GA named after Harry Hoosier
Hoosier Memorial UMC Dedication Plaque
Fellowship with Hoosier Memorial UMC members
Bust at Harry Hosier Institutue Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL
Harry Hosier Institute Conference Room
Harry Hosier Institute zoomed portraits
Plaque outside Washington, DC cemetery commemorating Harry Hoosier. According to the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church he was the first black preacher to deliver a sermon in America on 5-13-1781. The brick at the base is an original from the church.
We spoke with the curator of the Oakwood Cemetery and they are going lay a wreath in the month of May going forward honoring his history making preaching there and his death in Philadelphia on 5-18-1806
Oakwood Cemetery in Falls Church, VA where Harry Hoosier gave his famous "Barren Fig Tree" Sermon 5-13-1781
Original location of Zoar Church (corner of 4th and Brown Streets in Philadelphia). Zoar Church Cemetery was the claimed site of Harry Hoosier's burial in 1806 and no grave stone has been found to our knowledge since urban development paved over the site in the 1800's.
Historic St. George's United Methodist Church Philadelphia operating continuously since 1769 houses Methodist archives and was frequently visited by Harry Hoosier
Wall portrait of Harry Hoosier and posted statement on "Hoosiers" next to his portrait
Zoomed in posted statement next to Harry Hoosier portrait
Kristina St. George's UMC balcony
Opening the archives vault in St. George's UMC
Connie and Kristina looking for documents
Outside Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church in Philadelphia orginally founded by Harry Hoosier
Stained glass window Zoar UMC
Indiana Historical Society 2nd floor wall mural
Left mural 'The Hoosiers Nest' author John Finley and early Indiana Historical Society Secretary author of 'The Word Hoosier' JP Dunn
Of 13 popular theories listed under Debunked about the only one JP Dunn's classic work 'The Word Hoosier' did not outright debunk or state was highly improbable was Harry Hoosier the 4th one down.
The term ‘Hoosier’ was popularized across Indiana with the publication of Finley’s poem in 1833. Harry Hoosier died in 1806 and Finley knew of the word before he wrote his famous poem. The brother of Finley’s grandfather helped raise Dr. Benjamin Rush who was a Founding Father and signer of our Declaration of Independence. Rush stated accounting for his illiteracy, Hoosier was “the greatest orator in America”.
According to Wabash College Professor Webb:
It is probably no coincidence that the derogatory use of the term Hoosier begins to appear at the time of Hoosier’s ministry. His congregations were rural and unsophisticated, and they mixed the races, two characteristics that would have prompted hostility and ridicule.
On the Appalachian frontier the term Hoosier became slang for people who were uneducated, so uneducated that they would follow a black minister. Later, as the term migrated west from Virginia and the Carolinas to Tennessee, and then North to Indiana, it came to mean simply someone who was uncouth or ignorant. As Piersen suggests, the greater number of Methodists in Indiana than in southern states helps to explain how the term finally found its home. In the end, the racial connotations were gradually stripped away and lost to history.