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

Murrell, Peter

(born: 1823) 

Peter Murrell was born in Virginia and later lived in Glasgow, KY. A wagoner and church leader, he had attended the white Baptist Church in Glasgow led by Rev. Nathaniel G. Terry, whose family had also come to Kentucky from Virginia.

In 1843 the question of creating a separate church for the Negro members was put to a committee with no action, but the question would come up again and again for more than 20 years. Finally, in 1867 Peter Murrell was ordained a minister by Rev. Terry and put in charge of an African American church with its 69 members. He also led in the formation of the Liberty Organization.

Peter Murrell died between 1880 and 1900.

For more see "Rev. Peter Murrell" in The Jubilee History and Biographical Sketches of the Liberty Association, by G. R. Ford. For more on Reverend Nathaniel G. Terry, see pp. 1616-1617 in A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, by E. P. Johnson [available full-text at Google Books].

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