Perhaps the most famous of all the slave preachers, John Jasper was born in Fluvanna County, Virginia, on July 4, 1812, the youngest of twenty-four children born to Phillip and Tina Jasper. His father, also a slave preacher, died two months before John was born, but he prophesied that his son would become a famous preacher.
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Dance, Daryl Cumber. "Jasper, John." In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, edited by Anand Prahlad, 687-90. Vol. 2. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.