Thomas W. Stringer

Thomas W. Stringer
From The History of Negro Baptists in Mississippi, 1898

Dr. Thomas W. Stringer (Warren County)

State Senate: 1870-1871

Born: 1815
Died: August 25, 1893 in Vicksburg, MS

Methodist Episcopal minister. Founded the first African American Masonic lodge in Mississippi. Warren County treasurer. Stringer died of malarial fever in 1893.

Memorial on Find A Grave
Wikipedia entry for Thomas W. Stringer

“By far the most influential Negro in the [1868 constitutional] convention, and the most powerful political leader of his race in the state until 1869, was T. W. Stringer of Vicksburg. A former resident of Ohio, he came to Mississippi as general superintendent of missions and presiding elder for the African Methodist Church, of which he had almost complete control for many years. The man had a genius for organization. After a distinguished career in religious and fraternal organizations in Ohio, he led in the development of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada before his move to Mississippi. Wherever he went in the state, churches, lodges, benevolent societies, and political machines sprang up and flourished.”
(Vernon Lane Wharton, The Negro in Mississippi, 1865-1890, 1965)

Freemasonry in Mississippi
Freemasons in Mississippi, from New York Public Library
Signature of Thomas W. Stringer
Signature of Thomas W. Stringer from an 1871 petition supporting Blanche K. Bruce as a trustee of Alcorn University


Daily Ohio Statesman, February 16, 1861
Vicksburg Herald, May 28, 1867
Vicksburg Daily Times, February 5, 1868
Weekly Democrat, June 15, 1868
Weekly Mississippi Pilot, January 8, 1870
Weekly Mississippi Pilot, April 30, 1870
Vicksburg Herald, June 30, 1870
Vicksburg Daily Times, September 8, 1870
Clarion-Ledger, November 10, 1870
Petition to support Blanche K. Bruce as a trustee of Alcorn University
Petition supporting B. K. Bruce, May 13, 1871
New Orleans Repub-lican, Oct 27, 1872
Vicksburg Herald, October 9, 1873
Daily Mississippi Pilot, October 29, 1875
Inter Ocean, June 9, 1877
Memphis Daily Appeal, December 25, 1881
Grenada Sentinel, October 6, 1883
Galveston Daily News, March 25, 1885
Western Appeal, June 20, 1885
Weekly Commercial Herald, Sep 25, 1885
Vicksburg Herald, February 2, 1886
Daily Arkansas Gazette, July 10, 1888
Olean Democrat, September 19, 1889
Vicksburg Evening Post, Nov 6, 1889
Daily Commercial Herald, July 19, 1890
Daily Commercial Herald, July 19, 1890
Vicksburg Evening Post, January 22, 1891
Commercial Herald, August 30, 1892
New-York Tribune, October 2, 1892
Daily State Ledger, October 28, 1892
Vicksburg Evening Post, August 25, 1893
Commercial Herald, August 26, 1893
Vicksburg Evening Post, Aug 28, 1893
Vicksburg Herald, September 1, 1901
Sedalia Conservator, July 15, 1907
Vardaman's Weekly, June 20, 1908
Vardaman’s Weekly, June 20, 1908
Vicksburg Herald, December 8, 1909
New York Age, June 23, 1934
Stringer monument
Stringer monument, 2021