Quintin E. Primo, Jr.
Quintin E. Primo, Jr., was the second of five children born in 1913 to a Jamaican mother and British Guyanese Episcopal priest, in Freedom Grove, Liberty County, Georgia. As the first-born son of an Episcopal priest, it was a foregone conclusion that he would follow in his father's footsteps.
Bishop Primo grew up in Albany, Georgia, and furthered his education at Lincoln University Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. Upon ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, he served at churches in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, and Michigan, before being elected as the Sixth Suffragan Bishop of Chicago. Only the fourth African-American priest to reach that position in the predominantly white Episcopal Church, Bishop Primo was the first bishop to ordain women as priests in the Chicago diocese. While in Chicago, he chaired the Commission on Metropolitan Affairs, and was president of the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race, a body representing Jews, Protestants, Roman Catholics and Episcopalians.
After serving in Chicago for twelve years, Bishop Primo returned to Wilmington, Delaware, where he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an ordained priest, and served as Interim Bishop.
After working on his autobiography for many years, he completed it in 1997, shortly before his death in 1998.
He is listed in several national publications: Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in Colored America, Who's Who in Black America, and Notable Americans.