After about two years of worship at Brampton, Rev. Thomas Burton, an elderly Baptist preacher, and Rev. Abraham Marshall visited this little slave church and gave them two certificates. The first certificate constituted this little plantation mission an official Christian church and read as follows: This is to certify that upon examination into the experiences and characters of a number…

On some plantations, the laws restricting the open evangelistic strides of black preachers were gradually ignored by generous or kindhearted masters. The pulpit vitality of certain black preachers or “exhorters” was so potent that white Baptist churches were no longer able to contain them. Hence, the emergence of independent black Baptist churches gradually appeared on the scene of American Christianity….

Long before the clash between white Baptists over the issue of slavery, there were some black Baptist leaders who gradually became aware of the need of separate churches from whites. Such were the originators of plantation missions led by black preachers. It may be said, with reasonable certainty, that the evolution of plantation missions began as independent slave plantation owners…