1830 – First National Black Convention Meets
1984 – Leontine T. Kelly is the First Black Woman to Become a Bishop in a Major Christian Denomination
Although a member of the Virginia Annual Conference in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, Leontine was elected to the Episcopacy by the Western Jurisdictional Conference of the U.M. Church in 1984 (only the second woman, and the first African American woman, to become a Bishop in any major Christian denomination in the World). She was assigned to the San Francisco Episcopal Area where she served until her retirement in 1988.