Thornton Stringfellow

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Thornton Stringfellow (March 6, 1788 March 6, 1869) was the pastor of Stevensburg Baptist Church in Culpeper County, Virginia. He is perhaps best known for using Christianity to advocate for African-American slavery.


A native of Fauquier County, Stringfellow was ordained in 1814 and ministered in Fauquier and Culpeper Counties for the duration of his career. Besides slavery, he was an advocate for temperance, domestic missions, and Sunday Schools. He was a slaveholder himself. Stringfellow is buried in the Stevensburg churchyard. [1]

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  1. "Religion in Stevensburg Historical Marker". Retrieved Aug 28, 2020.