Women's Heritage TrailJarena Lee was born February 11, 1783 in Cape May, New Jersey. At the age of seven Lee was sent away to become a house servant. In 1804, Lee experienced a spiritual awakening and was baptized around 1807. After several years of struggle, she felt called by God to preach—but at that time women were not allowed to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. In 1811, Lee married Joseph Lee, the pastor of an AME Church in Snow Hill (now Lawnside), New Jersey. During the next several years she obtained permission from Reverend Bishop Richard Allen to hold prayer meetings and speak briefly after sermons if invited by a pastor. In 1817, Lee was finally given permission to preach by Bishop Allen. Her career as an evangelist lasted over three decades and took her thousands of miles. In 1836 Lee published a journal, which describes her career in detail. According to local legend, Lee is buried in an unmarked grave behind the church.
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|Placed By||Women's Heritage Trail|
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|Date Added||Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 496797 N 4413464|
|Decimal Degrees||39.87121667, -75.03745000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 52.273', W 75° 2.247'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 52' 16.38" N, 75° 2' 14.82" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 306 Warwick Rd, Lawnside NJ 08045, US|
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