Cullen, Frederick Asbury

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Frederick Asbury Cullen was born c. 1868 in Somerset County, Maryland. He was educated in Somerset County public schools and at Maryland State Normal School (later Towson University); he studied theology at Morgan College (1901). Cullen was converted to Christianity at Sharp Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, in September 1894; he was ordained as a minister in Delaware County, Maryland, in 1900. He served as minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Catlin, Maryland (1900 – 1902) and of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church (later Salem United Methodist) in Harlem (1902 – 1944). He served as president of the Harlem branch of the NAACP and helped organize the National Urban League (1910). Cullen died 25 May 1946.


Originally published as:

“Cullen, Frederick Asbury.” Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Cary D. Wintz, and Paul Finkelman, Taylor & Francis Group, 2004. Vol I. 271-73.