John Melville Burgess

1909 -€“ 2003
John Melville Burgess
April 30, 2003


Consecrated December 8, 1962
Diocese of Massachusetts

X Bishop of Masschusetts
First Black Diocesan Bishop in the United States

Born Grand Rapids, Michigan. Served as Chaplain at Howard University. First Black Canon of Washington National Cathedral. Served as Arcdeacon of Boston and Superintendent of the Episcopal City Mission. Bishop Suffragan and later Bishop Coadjutor of Massachusetts; member of the Church Workers Union and National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians. A champion of the ecumenical movement. Active in National Church and World Councils of Churches.

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