On this Day : James Varick

James Varick was the first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.   Life James Varick was born near Newburgh, New York, on January 10, 1750. His mother was possibly a slave of the Varicks, or Van Varicks. His father, Richard Varick, was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he was baptized in the Dutch Church. The family lived in New York City while … Continue reading On this Day : James Varick