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DICKSON, Andrew Flinn, clergyman, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 November 1825; died in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1879. He was graduated at Yale in 1845, studied theology at Lane and Yale seminaries, and was ordained as a Presbyterian in 1852. His first Church was at John's Island, South Carolina, where nine tenths of his congregation were Negroes. He then held pastorates at Orangeburg, South Carolina, New Orleans, La., Wilmington, N. C., and Chester, South Carolina, was district secretary of the American Sunday School union in 1855'7, chaplain in the Confederate army in 1861'5, and had charge of the Southern general assembly's colored theological institute at Tuscaloosa, Ala., from 1876 till his death. He published "Plantation Sermons" (1856'60); "The Temptation in the Desert" (1872); and " The Light, is it Waning ?" which gained a prize offered by Richard Fletcher (1878).
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