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16621722, Sep 7
a French Huguenot who was imprisoned in the Bastille, went to New York where he was a prosperous merchant, and on visiting France in the 1690s was sentenced to a life sentence as a galley slave. After being freed, he became an Anglican catechist to "Negroes and Indians". In 1706, he secured passage of a bill in New York stating that slaves could be catechized. The Episcopal Church commemorates him as a "witness to the faith" on September 7.
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02/28/1704-Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opens a school for blacks in New York City 
05/20/1704-Elias Neau forms school for slaves in New York 
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