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Quintin E. Primo, Jr.,was the second of five children born to a Jamaican mother and British Guyanese Episcopal priest, in Liberty County, Georgia. In this second printing of his autobiography, the late Bishop Primo writes that those cultural facts paved the way for him to become a priest and eventually the fourth African-American to be elected a bishop in the predominantly white Episcopal church.
In The Making of a Black Bishop, published by his family, Bishop Primo covers more than fifty years as a pioneering priest and bishop. Primo was the first president of the National Union of Black Episcopalians and in 1972 he was consecrated an assistant bishop of Chicago, the first black to reach that position in the diocese. He also was the first bishop to ordain women as priests in the Chicago diocese.
Between the biographical details of his birth in rural Georgia, theological training at Lincoln University and pastorate at Episcopal churches in the South and the North, Primo writes of his frustrations and successes to help young clergy cope with their jobs and the many forms of discrimination he faced throughout his career.
Bishop Primo, who died in 1998, was the first priest at St. Matthew's parish, Delaware's first black Episcopal church, and later returned to the state as the interim bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware in 1985.