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“Black Harry” Hoosier: The Story Behind Indiana’s Namesake

Our American Stories / Lee Habeeb
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September 28, 2022 3:02 am

“Black Harry” Hoosier: The Story Behind Indiana’s Namesake

Our American Stories / Lee Habeeb

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September 28, 2022 3:02 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how Indiana got its nickname as “The Hoosier State” and how the people from Indiana came to be called “Hoosiers.” Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick.

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Let's take those one such individual that is so deeply influenced our nation and one state in particular is a black man, a black Methodist preacher by the name of Harry Hoosier, John Wesley, the well-known evangelist and father of Methodism at one of these conferences in the British Isles's in 1771 called for his itinerant ministry to volunteer to go to America.

Among those who volunteered was a young man by the name of Francis Asberry in a few short years Francis Asberry lies to the highest office of bishop in America.

Having traveled thousands upon thousands of miles is face was more readily recognized than the father of our nation. George Washington, it was during the American Revolution that Francis Asberry asked Harry Hoosier travel with him throughout all of the colonies from New England. Middle colonies southern colonies and was there that Harry Hoosier gained a reputation as the most widely accepted and widely applauded minister of his day. Hoosier had been born in Fayetteville, North Carolina yet been born into slavery. He was purchased by a Methodist by the name of Henry Goff and Mr. Goff invited his slaves as well as those white inhabitants of his plantation in the Baltimore area to prayers both morning and evening and was out of this setting that Mr. Goff free Harry Hoosier as the first anti-slavery movement began just prior to the American Revolution and it was a Methodist to with the Quakers help to champion this cause and Harry Hoosier was among the step was the first to be liberated from slavery after being liberated, he became the traveling companion of Francis Asberry and together they traveled thousands of miles carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ to both black and white is very significant that Harry Hoosier was more widely acclaimed as a preacher than any other minister. Any other preacher, white or black. In fact, it was one of the three most important founding fathers, Dr. Benjamin Rush, who along with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Benjamin Rush was so impressed with Harry Hoosier's ability as a preacher that he said making allowances for his illiteracy. He was the greatest worker in America. Many of those who heard the preaching of Harry Hoosier who had been converted as they moved out of the Appalachian Mountains moved west there located in Indiana. Indiana became a strong haven for Methodism. Those individuals that located in Indiana assume the name of Hoosiers because they had been so deeply and so thoroughly influenced by the preaching of Harry Hoosier, like so many other terms that have arisen, sometimes out of derision. This term Hoosier was also a term of derision for those who had come to believe in the anti-slavery message and who made their way into Indiana and other parts of the burgeoning nation. Prof. William Pearson of Fisk University has said his memories of the preacher blank carry slipped away and as the white people of the frontier adopted the nickname Hoosier for themselves. The term lost its original racial connotations came to mean simply and illiterate ignorant or uncouth Yahoo for the thousands who flocked to hear Harry Hoosier preach. The name Hoosier was a memorial to both the man and his message of freedom from human bondage and freedom from the bondage of sin.

People from Indiana should take pride in having the most distinctive state nickname, but they may justly exercise greater appreciation for the person whose name it was a terrific job on the production by Greg. Special thanks to Dr. Steven Flick, head of the Christian heritage fellowship, sharing Harry Hoosier story born into slavery in Fayetteville, North Carolina Harry was freed by slave owner in Baltimore, Maryland.

They're going to travel the country preaching the gospel, no less an authority than Dr. Benjamin Rush was impressed this man well.

His name was memorialized as was his message. Of course, the name for anyone who is listening meant freedom from human bondage and freedom from human sin story of Harry Hoosier here on our American story. Our American stories we bring you inspiring stories of history, sports, business, faith and love stories from a great and beautiful country need to be told we can't do it without you are stories are free to listen to with her not free to make if you love are stories in America like we do. Please allow American stories.com and click the donate button give a little give a lot help us keep the great American stories coming our American stories.com material family friendly conversation over half the essential to make your home phone lunch. Not.com.

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