On this date, July 25, 1823, Benjamin Titus (BT) Roberts was born. A Methodist, he began to have conflict with the Methodist church over their policy of “buying” pews, where individuals and families would buy their pew in church and that was their pew. No one else could sit there, unless they rented it from the purchaser. This created a tendency to cater towards the wealthy. Roberts believed that was wrong and was actively against it. Ultimately, the Methodist church stripped him of his ordination.
Roberts, along with others found the Free Methodist Church. The free was a pronouncement that anyone, regardless of race or class, was welcome.