1964 · Ithaca, NY
"Jemima Wilkinson (29 November 1758 - July 1, 1819) was a charismatic American Quaker and evangelist, born in Cumberland, Rhode Island to Quaker parents. When suffering from a severe illness and in a fever, she declared she had died and was sent from heaven, reincarnated as a prophet known as the Public Universal Friend, who was neither male nor female. She called herself the Universal Friend and preached the Ten Commandments and sexual abstinence to followers forming what they called the "Society of Universal Friends."
Unconventional and radical, Wilkinson is regarded as one of the first transgender religious voices in Western culture. Herbert A. Wisbey Jr.'s biography is the authoritative account of her life, times, and ideals of both mystery and religious mysticism and fundamental feminism. (Inventory #: 9635)