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Robert W. Bagnall (1883 – 1943) was a minister, civil rights activist, and a graduate of Bishop Payne Divinity School in Petersburg, Virginia. Bagnall presided over several African Methodist Episcopal congregations along the Atlantic seaboard before arriving at Detroit’s St. Matthews AME Church in 1911. There he became one of the founding members of Detroit’s branch of the NAACP. Bagnall went on to serve as a regional NAACP recruiter before being appointed as national Director of Branches between 1921 and 1932. The following year Bagnall returned to the ministry as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where he served until his death. His story, “Lex Talionis,” first appeared in The Crisis, April 1922.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

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