From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Dupee, George W.

(born: 1827  -  died: 1897) 

George Washington Dupee was born in Gallatin County, KY, the son of Cuthbert and Rachael Dupee. When he and his two brothers were being sold as part of an estate in 1856, Dupee's freedom was purchased by his congregation at the Lexington Pleasant Green Baptist Church.

Dupee organized the first association of African American churches in 1864, the same year he became pastor at Washington Street Colored Baptist Church in Paducah, KY. He began publishing the Baptist Herald in 1873; the newspaper's name was later changed to the American Baptist.

Rev. Dupee also held the office of Grand Senior Warden and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Kentucky.

For more see A History of Blacks in Kentucky from Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891, by M. B. Lucas; "Rev. George Washington Dupee, D.D." on p. 186 in Golden Jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky; and Afro-American Encyclopaedia: Or, the Thoughts, Doings.., by James T. Haley, pp. 611-612 [available online from the University of North Carolina University Library, Documenting the American South].

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