Mrs. Juliann Jane Tillman, preacher of the A.M.E. Church, Engraving by Peter Duval, after a painting by Alfred Hoffy, Philadelphia, 1844.  


Although little is known about the preacher pictured here, Juliann Jane Tillman, African Methodist Episcopal church records acknowledge that the first bishop, Richard Allen, recognized that some women possessed evangelical and teaching gifts. Although women were not allowed to become church leaders in the early years, they were permitted to teach and preach. Some became itinerant evangelists. Today, the A.M.E. Church allows women to pastor churches and hold other high offices within the church hierarchy.