Reverend Frost Pollitt


The Rev. Frost Pollitt (born October 1789, manumitted April 12, 1828, recommended as Deacon to Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Princess Ann, Maryland, February 8, 1851, died March 12, 1872) was a former slave, and an itinerant Black Methodist Episcopal preacher in Somerset County & Worcester Counties, Maryland from 1828 to 1864, as well as Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and later a Founding member and Presiding Elder of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, starting in 1864, and the first pastor of the African Church abt. 1837, later to be the John Wesley M.E. Church in Salisbury, Maryland, now the Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center.

This site was researched by L. Paul Morris, Jr. Parts of this research were used in the exhibit, “Sources of Black Community: Family and Faith,” running from January to July 2010 at The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University.

This site is privately funded and was created to increase awareness of the Rev. Frost Pollitt and demonstrate why the The Rev. Frost Pollitt Memorial Endowment at Salisbury University was created. It is not yet fully funded and donations are welcomed through the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc.